What does auxiliary mean?

Definitions for auxiliary
ɔgˈzɪl yə ri, -ˈzɪl ə-aux·il·ia·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aide, auxiliaryadjective

    someone who acts as assistant

  2. auxiliary, subsidiary, supplemental, supplementaryadjective

    functioning in a supporting capacity

    "the main library and its auxiliary branches"

  3. accessory, adjunct, ancillary, adjuvant, appurtenant, auxiliaryadjective

    furnishing added support

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


  1. auxiliarynoun

    A person or group that acts in an auxiliary manner.

  2. auxiliarynoun

    A sailing vessel equipped with an engine.

  3. auxiliarynoun

    An auxiliary verb.

  4. auxiliarynoun

    A marching band colorguard.

  5. auxiliaryadjective

    Helping; giving assistance or support.

  6. auxiliaryadjective

    Supplementary or subsidiary.

  7. auxiliaryadjective

    Held in reserve for exceptional circumstances.

  8. auxiliaryadjective

    Of a ship, having both sails and an engine.

  9. auxiliaryadjective

    Relating to an auxiliary verb.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Auxiliar, Auxiliaryadjective

    Assistant; helping; confederate.

    Etymology: from auxilium, Lat.

    The giant brood,
    That fought at Thebes and Ilium on each side,
    Mix’d with auxiliar gods. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. i.

    Their tractates are little auxiliary unto ours, nor afford us any light to detenebrate this truth. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    There is not the smallest capillary vein but it is present with, and auxiliary to it, according to its use. Matthew Hale, Orig. of Mank.

    Nor from his patrimonial heav’n alone
    Is Jove content to pour his vengeance down;
    Aid from his brother of the seas he craves,
    To help him with auxiliary waves. Dryden.

  2. Auxiliar, Auxiliarynoun

    Helper; assistant; confederate.

    Etymology: from auxilium, Lat.

    In the strength of that power, he might, without the auxiliaries of any further influence, have determined his will to a full choice of God. South.

    There are, indeed, a sort of underling auxiliars to the difficulty of a work, called commentators and criticks. Alexander Pope.


  1. auxiliary

    An auxiliary is something that provides additional help, support or assistance, supplementing the primary or main function or operation. It can be a person, a device, or an organization that assists or contributes supplementary aid. It can also refer to a type of verb that is used in forming tenses, moods, and voices of other verbs in grammar.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Auxiliaryadjective

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

  2. Auxiliarynoun

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

  3. Auxiliarynoun

    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

  6. Etymology: [L. auxiliarius, fr. auxilium help, aid, fr. augere to increase.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. auxiliary

    Foreign or subsidiary troops which are furnished to a belligerent power in consequence of a treaty of alliance, or for pecuniary considerations. Of the latter description may be considered the Hessians that were employed by Great Britain to enslave America.


  1. Auxiliary

    additional, or supplementing.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of auxiliary in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of auxiliary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of auxiliary in a Sentence

  1. Peter Alan Kasler:

    It is, therefore, a fact of law and of practical necessity that individuals are responsible for their own safety, and that of their loved ones. Police protection must be recognized for what it is: only an auxiliary general deterrent.

  2. George Pell:

    It's implausible because I was an auxiliary bishop and I had no access to money or - no access to significant resources, it's implausible because, of course, the attempt to bribe someone is criminal.

  3. Jason Miller:

    It was just auxiliary to the broader efforts we have and are working on.

  4. Dan Morgan:

    Apple is going through a transition period right now, i still believe that Apple will remain to its core a product company and that The Services segment are still auxiliary.

  5. Ammar Ammar:

    Due to the prevailing security situation and as no system is set in place for handling dead bodies, the LRCS conduct these activities as an auxiliary to the authorities, their role is limited to the collection and transfer of dead bodies to the competent authorities.

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  • مساعدArabic
  • спомагателен глагол, помощен, допълнителен, помощник, спомагателен, резервенBulgarian
  • auxiliarCatalan, Valencian
  • pomocnýCzech
  • subsidiär, unterstützend, Auxiliar, helfend, hilfs-, zurückhaltend, HilfsverbGerman
  • βοηθητικόςGreek
  • helpaEsperanto
  • ayudante, auxiliarSpanish
  • täiendav, abistavEstonian
  • کمکیPersian
  • apu, apuverbi, avustava, apumoottorillinen, avustaja, lisä-Finnish
  • auxiliaireFrench
  • cúntachIrish
  • सहायकHindi
  • segéd, kisegítő, kiegészítő, tartalékHungarian
  • օժանդակArmenian
  • helpanto, helpero, helpivo, helpilo, helpanta, helpivaIdo
  • ausiliareItalian
  • 보조Korean
  • extra, bijkomend, ondersteunend, hulpwerkwoord, hulpmotor, hulp-, reserve-, helpendDutch
  • hjelpe-, hjelpeverbNorwegian
  • posiłkowy, pomocniczy, posiłkowa, czasownik posiłkowy, rezerwowa, rezerwowy, pomocnicza, pomocnicze, rezerwowe, posiłkowePolish
  • verbo auxiliar, auxiliarPortuguese
  • запасной, вспомогательный, помощник, вспомогательный глагол, ассистент, дополнительныйRussian
  • pòmoćnī, ȕzgrēdan, spȍredan, príčuvnī, ùsputanSerbo-Croatian
  • துணைTamil
  • yardımcı, yardmcı fiilTurkish
  • допомі� нийUkrainian
  • معاونUrdu
  • Chinese

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