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Definitions of auxiliary

  1. A quantity introduced for the purpose of simplifying or facilitating some operation, as in equations or trigonometrical formulae. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. Allied troops. Auxilar. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. A helper; an assistant; a confederate in some action or enterprise. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Foreign troops in the service of a nation at war; (rarely in sing.), a member of the allied or subsidiary force. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A helper; an assistant; a confederate or ally; aid of any kind; a verb which helps to form the moods and tenses of other verbs. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. A helper: an assistant: (gram.) a verb that helps to form the moods and tenses of other verbs. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. A helper; a verb that helps in the conjugation of another. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. One who or that which aids, as one verb in the conjugation of another. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. A helper; an assistant; a confederate. A verb which helps to form the moods and tenses of other verbs. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. A helper; an assistant; applied to the verbs shall, will, may, can, must, &c. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. Conferring aid or help; helping; aiding; assisting; subsidiary; as auxiliary troops. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Helping; aiding; assisting. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. Helping; aiding. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for auxiliary

  1. The first and fourth legion he took for his own division, the second and third he delivered to Minucius; so also of the auxiliary forces each had an equal share. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  2. Such men of the old marine force as chose to accept their discharge in New South Wales were allowed that privilege, and were given a land grant to induce them to become settlers, and these men were, on the arrival of the New South Wales Corps, formed into an auxiliary company under the command of Captain- Lieutenant George Johnson, who had been a marine officer in the first fleet, and who, like MacArthur, was later on to make a chapter of history. – The Naval Pioneers of Australia by Louis Becke and Walter Jeffery
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