Definitions for Auxiliaryɔgˈzɪl yə ri, -ˈzɪl ə-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

aux•il•ia•ryɔgˈzɪl yə ri, -ˈzɪl ə-(adj.; n.)(pl.)-ries.

  1. (adj.)additional; supplementary; reserve:

    an auxiliary police force.

  2. used as a substitute or reserve in case of need:

    an auxiliary power system.

  3. subsidiary; secondary.

  4. (of a boat) having an engine that can be used to supplement the sails.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  5. giving support; serving as an aid.

  6. (n.)a person or thing that gives aid; helper.

  7. a subsidiary organization allied with a main body of restricted membership:

    the women's auxiliary.

  8. Category: Grammar

    Ref: auxiliary verb.

  9. auxiliaries, foreign troops in the service of a nation at war.

    Category: Military

  10. a naval vessel, as a supply ship, designed for other than combat purposes.

    Category: Military

Origin of auxiliary:

1595–1605; < L auxiliārius assisting <auxilium aid <auxsis, ptp. of augēre to increase, augment

Princeton's WordNet

  1. aide, auxiliary(adj)

    someone who acts as assistant

  2. auxiliary, subsidiary, supplemental, supplementary(adj)

    functioning in a supporting capacity

    "the main library and its auxiliary branches"

  3. accessory, adjunct, ancillary, adjuvant, appurtenant, auxiliary(adj)

    furnishing added support

    "an ancillary pump"; "an adjuvant discipline to forms of mysticism"; "The mind and emotions are auxiliary to each other"


  1. auxiliary(Noun)

    A person or group that acts in an auxiliary manner.

  2. auxiliary(Noun)

    A sailing vessel equipped with an engine.

  3. auxiliary(Noun)

    An auxiliary verb.

  4. auxiliary(Noun)

    A marching band colorguard.

  5. auxiliary(Adjective)

    Helping; giving assistance or support.

  6. auxiliary(Adjective)

    Supplementary or subsidiary.

  7. auxiliary(Adjective)

    Held in reserve for exceptional circumstances.

  8. auxiliary(Adjective)

    Of a ship, having both sails and an engine.

  9. auxiliary(Adjective)

    Relating to an auxiliary verb.

  10. Origin: From auxiliarius, equiv. to auxiliaris, from auxilium, from augere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Auxiliary(adj)

    conferring aid or help; helping; aiding; assisting; subsidiary; as auxiliary troops

  2. Auxiliary(noun)

    a helper; an assistant; a confederate in some action or enterprise

  3. Auxiliary(noun)

    foreign troops in the service of a nation at war; (rarely in sing.), a member of the allied or subsidiary force

  4. Auxiliary

    a verb which helps to form the voices, modes, and tenses of other verbs; -- called, also, an auxiliary verb; as, have, be, may, can, do, must, shall, and will, in English; etre and avoir, in French; avere and essere, in Italian; estar and haber, in Spanish

  5. Auxiliary

    a quantity introduced for the purpose of simplifying or facilitating some operation, as in equations or trigonometrical formulae

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