auxiliary

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Adjective[change]

Positive
auxiliary

Comparative
none

Superlative
none

  1. An auxiliary worker is one who assists the main workers.
    The auxiliary police receive basic police training but cannot carry a weapon.
  2. An auxiliary motor or power supply starts working if the main one stops.
    Because the computers are so important in an emergency, they need an auxiliary power supply.
  3. (grammar) An auxiliary verb is a verb such as be, do, or will that "helps" another verb. (Wiktionary has a list of English auxiliary verbs.)
    The progressive in English typically uses the auxiliary verbs be or get.

Noun[change]

Singular
auxiliary

Plural
auxiliaries

  1. (countable) An auxiliary is a person who assists the main workers.
    A number of auxiliaries were brought in to cover the sick workers.
  2. (countable) An auxiliary is an organization that that supports another organization.
    The Ladies’ Auxiliary started when women were asked to help injured soldiers returning home.
  3. (countable) (grammar) An auxiliary is an auxiliary verb.
    That sentence needs an axuiliary.