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auxiliary

[ awg-zil-yuh-ree, -zil-uh- ]
/ ɔgˈzɪl yə ri, -ˈzɪl ə- /
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adjective

noun, plural aux·il·ia·ries.

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Origin of auxiliary

1595–1605; <Latin auxiliārius assisting, aiding, helping, equivalent to auxili(um) aid, help (aux(us) increased, augmented (past participle of augēre: aug- increase + -sus, variant of -tus past participle suffix) + -ilium noun suffix) + -ārius-ary
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British Dictionary definitions for auxiliary

auxiliary
/ (ɔːɡˈzɪljərɪ, -ˈzɪlə-) /

adjective

secondary or supplementary
supporting
nautical (of a sailing vessel) having an enginean auxiliary sloop

noun plural -ries

a person or thing that supports or supplements; subordinate or assistant
nautical
  1. a sailing vessel with an engine
  2. the engine of such a vessel
navy a vessel such as a tug, hospital ship, etc, not used for combat

Word Origin for auxiliary

C17: from Latin auxiliārius bringing aid, from auxilium help, from augēre to increase, enlarge, strengthen
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Medical definitions for auxiliary

auxiliary
[ ôg-zĭlyə-rē, -zĭlə-rē ]

adj.

Functioning in an augmenting capacity; supplementary.
Functioning as a subordinate; secondary.
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