auxiliary

[[t]ɔːgzɪ̱ljəri, AM -ləri[/t]]
auxiliaries
1) N-COUNT An auxiliary is a person who is employed to assist other people in their work. Auxiliaries are often medical workers or members of the armed forces.

Nursing auxiliaries provide basic care, but are not qualified nurses.

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2) ADJ: ADJ n Auxiliary staff and troops assist other staff and troops.

The government's first concern was to augment the army and auxiliary forces.

3) ADJ: ADJ n Auxiliary equipment is extra equipment that is available for use when necessary.

...an auxiliary motor.

...auxiliary fuel tanks.

4) N-COUNT: oft in names An auxiliary is an organization that is connected with, but less important than, another organization; for example, an organization for the wives of the members of the main organization. [AM]

The restaurant is operated by the Palo Alto Auxiliary for the benefit of the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital.

5) N-COUNT In grammar, an auxiliary or auxiliary verb is a verb which is used with a main verb, for example to form different tenses or to make the verb passive. In English, the basic auxiliary verbs are `be', `have', and `do'. Modal verbs such as `can' and `will' are also sometimes called auxiliaries.

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  • auxiliary — [ôg zil′yə rē; ôgzil′ē ə rē, ôg zilē er΄ē; ] often [, ôgzil′ə rē] adj. [L auxiliaris, helpful < auxilium, aid < pp. of augere, to increase: see WAX2] 1. giving help or aid; assisting or supporting 2. acting in a subsidiary, or subordinate,… …   English World dictionary

  • auxiliary — Ⅰ. auxiliary UK US /ɔːgˈzɪliəri/ adjective ► used in addition to the main team, organization, system, etc. in order to give extra help and support: auxiliary staff/police/nurses »About 4800 unarmed auxiliary police officers work on a volunteer… …   Financial and business terms

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  • Auxiliary — Aux*il ia*ry, n.; pl. {Auxiliaries}. 1. A helper; an assistant; a confederate in some action or enterprise. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mil.) pl. Foreign troops in the service of a nation at war; (rarely in sing.), a member of the allied or subsidiary… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • auxiliary — [adj] supplementary abetting, accessory, adjuvant, ancillary, appurtenant, backup, complementary, contributory, extra, reserve, secondary, spare, subordinate, subservient, subsidiary, supporting; concepts 546,824 Ant. body, main auxiliary [n]… …   New thesaurus

  • auxiliary — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ providing supplementary or additional help and support. ► NOUN (pl. auxiliaries) ▪ an auxiliary person or thing. ORIGIN Latin auxiliarius, from auxilium help …   English terms dictionary

  • auxiliary — (adj.) c.1600, from L. auxiliaris helpful, from auxilium aid, help, support, related to auctus, pp. of augere to increase (see AUGMENT (Cf. augment)). Military noun meaning foreign troops in service of a nation at war is from c.1600 …   Etymology dictionary

  • auxiliary — /awg zil yeuh ree, zil euh /, adj., n., pl. auxiliaries. adj. 1. additional; supplementary; reserve: an auxiliary police force. 2. used as a substitute or reserve in case of need: The hospital has an auxiliary power system in case of a blackout.… …   Universalium

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