auxiliary verb


Definition of auxiliary verb


  1. :  a verb (such as have, be, may, do, shall, will, can, or must) that is used with another verb to show the verb's tense, to form a question, etc.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  offering or providing help

    :  functioning in a subsidiary capacity

    :  accompanying another verb and typically expressing person, number, mood, or tense

  1. :  an auxiliary person, group, or device

    :  a member of a foreign force serving a nation at war

    :  a Roman Catholic titular bishop assisting a diocesan bishop and not having the right of succession —called also auxiliary bishop

  1. :  a word that characteristically is the grammatical center of a predicate and expresses an act, occurrence, or mode of being, that in various languages is inflected for agreement with the subject, for tense, for voice, for mood, or for aspect, and that typically has rather full descriptive meaning and characterizing quality but is sometimes nearly devoid of these especially when used as an auxiliary or linking verb

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