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 (ôg-zĭl′yə-rē, -zĭl′ə-rē)
1. Giving assistance or support; helping.
2. Acting as a subsidiary; supplementary: the main library and its auxiliary branches.
3. Held in or used as a reserve: auxiliary troops; an auxiliary power generator.
4. Nautical Equipped with a motor as well as sails.
5. Grammar Of, relating to, or being an auxiliary verb.
n. pl. aux·il·ia·ries
1. An individual or group that assists or functions in a supporting capacity: a volunteers' auxiliary at a hospital.
2. A member of a foreign body of troops serving a country in war.
3. Grammar An auxiliary verb.
4. Nautical
a. A sailing vessel equipped with a motor.
b. A vessel, such as a supply ship or a tug, that is designed for and used in instances and services other than combat.

[Middle English, from Latin auxiliārius, from auxilium, help; see aug- in Indo-European roots.]


(ɔːɡˈzɪljərɪz; -ˈzɪlə-)
pl n
(Military) foreign or allied troops serving another nation; mercenaries
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Mercenaries and auxiliaries are useless and dangerous; and if one holds his state based on these arms, he will stand neither firm nor safe; for they are disunited, ambitious, and without discipline, unfaithful, valiant before friends, cowardly before enemies; they have neither the fear of God nor fidelity to men, and destruction is deferred only so long as the attack is; for in peace one is robbed by them, and in war by the enemy.
The young men whom we before called guardians may be more properly designated auxiliaries and supporters of the principles of the rulers.
They should observe what elements mingle in their off spring; for if the son of a golden or silver parent has an admixture of brass and iron, then nature orders a transposition of ranks, and the eye of the ruler must not be pitiful towards the child because he has to descend in the scale and become a husbandman or artisan, just as there may be sons of artisans who having an admixture of gold or silver in them are raised to honour, and become guardians or auxiliaries.
And therefore every care must be taken that our auxiliaries, being stronger than our citizens, may not grow to be too much for them and become savage tyrants instead of friends and allies?
Menneville followed him, whilst the salutations of the auxiliaries were mingled with the sweet sound of the money clinking in their pockets.
The revolted viceroy Tecla Georgis placed all his confidence in the Galles, his auxiliaries.
This strong propensity of the human heart would find powerful auxiliaries in the objects of State regulation.
The author has elsewhere said that the character of Leather-Stocking is a creation, rendered probable by such auxiliaries as were necessary to produce that effect.
Tenders are invited for Unloading, verifying, shifting, stacking, preservation, handling and handing over of components of boiler with auxiliaries including mills & feeders etc.
Dummy auxiliaries in first and second language acquisition.
The union is hoping for talks with the Government to avoid a strike, but local authorities have been busy training their auxiliaries to provide safety cover.