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Meaning of AUXILIARY

Pronunciation:  og'zilyuree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  someone who acts as assistant
  2. [adj]  functioning in a subsidiary or supporting capacity; "the main library and its auxiliary branches"
  3. [adj]  relating to something that is added but is not essential; "an ancillary pump"; "an adjuvant discipline to forms of mysticism"; "The mind and emotions are auxilliary to each other"

AUXILIARY is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: accessory, adjunct, adjuvant, aide, ancillary, appurtenant, secondary, subsidiary, supplemental, supplementary, supportive
 See Also: assistant, help, helper, nurse's aide, nursing aide, supporter



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Aux*il"ia*ry\ (?; 106), a. [L. auxiliarius, fr.
    auxilium help, aid, fr. augere to increase.]
    Conferring aid or help; helping; aiding; assisting;
    subsidiary; as auxiliary troops.
    {Auxiliary scales} (Mus.), the scales of relative or
       attendant keys. See under {Attendant}, a.
    {Auxiliary verbs} (Gram.). See {Auxiliary}, n., 3.
  2. \Aux*il"ia*ry\, n.; pl. {Auxiliaries}.
    1. A helper; an assistant; a confederate in some action or
    2. (Mil.) pl. Foreign troops in the service of a nation at
       war; (rarely in sing.), a member of the allied or
       subsidiary force.
    3. (Gram.) 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; [^e]tre and avoir, in French; avere and essere,
       in Italian; estar and haber, in Spanish.
    4. (Math.) A quantity introduced for the purpose of
       simplifying or facilitating some operation, as in
       equations or trigonometrical formul[ae]. --Math. Dict.
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