Auxiliary verb
Verb Verb, n. [F. verbe, L. verbum a word, verb. See {Word}.] 1. A word; a vocable. [Obs.] --South. [1913 Webster]

2. (Gram.) A word which affirms or predicates something of some person or thing; a part of speech expressing being, action, or the suffering of action. [1913 Webster]

Note: A verb is a word whereby the chief action of the mind [the assertion or the denial of a proposition] finds expression. --Earle. [1913 Webster]

{Active verb}, {Auxiliary verb}, {Neuter verb}, etc. See {Active}, {Auxiliary}, {Neuter}, etc. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • auxiliary verb — Auxiliary Aux*il ia*ry, n.; pl. {Auxiliaries}. 1. A helper; an assistant; a confederate in some action or enterprise. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mil.) pl. Foreign troops in the service of a nation at war; (rarely in sing.), a member of the allied or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • auxiliary verb — ► NOUN Grammar ▪ a verb used in forming the tenses, moods, and voices of other verbs (e.g. be, do, and have) …   English terms dictionary

  • auxiliary verb — n. Gram. a verb used to help form the tenses, aspects, voices, or moods of other verbs, as will, have, do, be, should, must …   English World dictionary

  • Auxiliary verb — In linguistics, an auxiliary verb is a verb that gives further semantic or syntactic information about a main or full verb. In English, the extra meaning provided by an auxiliary verb alters the basic meaning of the main verb to make it have one… …   Wikipedia

  • auxiliary verb — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms auxiliary verb : singular auxiliary verb plural auxiliary verbs linguistics a verb that is used with another verb to show its tense, form questions, form the passive, or change an aspect of its meaning. The… …   English dictionary

  • auxiliary verb — noun a verb that combines with another verb in a verb phrase to help form tense, mood, voice, or condition of the verb it combines with • Hypernyms: ↑verb • Hyponyms: ↑modal auxiliary verb, ↑modal auxiliary, ↑modal verb, ↑modal …   Useful english dictionary

  • auxiliary verb — aux.iliary verb n a verb that is used with another verb to show its tense, ↑person, ↑mood etc. In English the auxiliary verbs are be , do , and have (as in I am running , I didn t go , they have gone ) and all the ↑modals …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • auxiliary verb — aux,iliary verb noun count a verb that is used with another verb to show its tense, form questions, form the passive, or change an aspect of its meaning. The main auxiliary verbs in English are be, have, and do …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • auxiliary verb — noun (C) a verb that is used with another verb to show its tense, person person (6), mood mood (6) etc. In English the auxiliary verbs are be , do , and have (as in I am running , I didn t go , they have gone ) and all the modal s …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • auxiliary verb — noun A verb that accompanies the main verb in a clause in order to make distinctions in tense, mood, voice or aspect. Syn: helping verb Ant: full verb …   Wiktionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”