Meaning of AUXILIARY in English


Pronunciation: o ̇ g- ' zil-y ə -r ē , - ' zil-r ē , - ' zi-l ə -

Function: adjective

Etymology: Latin auxiliaris, from auxilium help; akin to Latin aug ē re to increase ― more at EKE

Date: 15th century

1 a : offering or providing help b : functioning in a subsidiary capacity <an auxiliary branch of the state university>

2 of a verb : accompanying another verb and typically expressing person, number, mood, or tense

3 a : SUPPLEMENTARY b : constituting a reserve <an auxiliary power plant>

4 : equipped with sails and a supplementary inboard engine <an auxiliary sloop>

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