Meaning of “auxiliary” in the English Dictionary

"auxiliary" in British English

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auxiliaryadjective

uk /ɔːɡˈzɪl.i.ə.ri/ us /ɑːɡˈzɪl.i.er.i/

auxiliarynoun

uk /ɔːɡˈzɪl.i.ə.ri/ us /ɑːɡˈzɪl.i.er.i/

(Definition of “auxiliary” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"auxiliary" in American English

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auxiliaryadjective

us /ɔɡˈzɪl·jə·ri/

giving help or support, esp. to a more important person or thing:

The hospital has an auxiliary power supply in case of a power failure.

(Definition of “auxiliary” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"auxiliary" in Business English

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auxiliaryadjective

uk /ɔːɡˈzɪliəri/ us

used in addition to the main team, organization, system, etc. in order to give extra help and support:

auxiliary staff/police/nurses About 4800 unarmed auxiliary police officers work on a volunteer basis with the New York Police Department.

auxiliarynoun [ C ]

uk /ɔːɡˈzɪliəri/ us WORKPLACE

an employee, volunteer (= someone who works without pay), or organization whose job is to give extra help or support:

hospital auxiliaries

(Definition of “auxiliary” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)