• (RP) IPA: /ɔːkˈsɪljəɹi/, /ɔːkˈsɪli.əɹi/, /ɔːkˈsɪləɹi/
  • (America) IPA: /ɔɡˈzɪljəɹi/, /ɔɡˈzɪliɛɹi/, /ɔɡˈzɪləɹi/
  • (cot-caught merged) IPA: /ɑɡˈzɪljəɹi/, /ɑɡˈzɪliɛɹi/, /ɑɡˈzɪləɹi/

auxiliary (not comparable)

  1. Helping; giving assistance or support.
    auxiliary troops
    Synonyms: ancillary, accessory
  2. Supplementary or subsidiary.
  3. Held in reserve for exceptional circumstances.
  4. (nautical) Of a ship, having both sails and an engine.
  5. (grammar) Relating to an auxiliary verb.
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auxiliary (plural auxiliaries)

  1. A person or group that acts in an auxiliary manner.
  2. A sailing vessel equipped with an engine.
  3. (grammar) An auxiliary verb.
    • The three traditionally recognized Non-modal Auxiliaries are the per-
      fective Auxiliary have, the progressive Auxiliary be, and the passive Auxiliary
      be. Perfective have is so-called because it marks the completion (hence, perfec-
      ) of an action; it is followed by a VP headed by a perfective -n participle, as
      (121)    The referee has [VP shown him the red card]
  4. A marching band colorguard.
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