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auxiliary adj
1 functioning in a subsidiary or supporting capacity; "the main library and its auxiliary branches" [syn: subsidiary, supplemental, supplementary]
2 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" [syn: accessory, adjunct, ancillary, adjuvant, appurtenant, subsidiary] n : someone who acts as assistant [syn: aide]

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  • [o:gz'iljəri]


  1. Helping; giving assistance or support.
  2. Supplementary or subsidiary.
  3. Held in reserve for exceptional circumstances.
  4. Of a ship, having both sails and an engine.
  5. Relating to an auxiliary verb.


helping; giving assistance or support
  • Czech: pomocný
  • Finnish: apu-, lisä-, avustava
  • German: helfend, unterstützend
  • Hungarian: kisegítő
  • Russian: вспомогательный
supplementary or subsidiary
  • Finnish: apu-
  • German: subsidiär, unterstützend
  • Hungarian: kiegészítő
  • Russian: вспомогательный, дополнительный, запасной
held in reserve for exceptional circumstances
  • Finnish: apu-, lisä-
  • German: zurückhaltend,
  • Hungarian: tartalék
  • Russian: вспомогательный, дополнительный, запасной
of a ship, having both sails and an engine
relating to an auxiliary verb
  • Finnish: apu-
  • Hungarian: segéd
  • Russian: вспомогательный


  1. A person or group that acts in an auxiliary manner.
  2. A sailing vessel equiped with an engine.
  3. An auxiliary verb.


A person or group that acts in an auxiliary manner
  • Finnish: apu-
  • Russian: помощник, ассистент
A sailing vessel equiped with an engine
An auxiliary verb
  • Finnish: apuverbi
  • Russian: вспомогательный глагол

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