verbal auxiliary
noun Date: circa 1958 an auxiliary verb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • verbal auxiliary — noun : an auxiliary verb * * * an auxiliary verb, esp. when considered as a member of a separate class of words used with verbs rather than as a special subclass of verbs. [1955 60] * * * verbal auxiliary, = auxiliary verb. (Cf. ↑auxiliary verb) …   Useful english dictionary

  • verbal auxiliary — an auxiliary verb, esp. when considered as a member of a separate class of words used with verbs rather than as a special subclass of verbs. [1955 60] * * * …   Universalium

  • verbal auxiliary — ver′bal auxil′iary n. gram. auxiliary verb • Etymology: 1955–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • verbal — [vʉr′bəl] adj. [LME < MFr < LL verbalis, of a word < verbum: see VERB] 1. of, in, or by means of words [a verbal image] 2. concerned merely with words, as distinguished from facts, ideas, or actions 3. in speech; oral rather than written …   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 — /awg zil yeuh ree, zil euh /, adj., n., pl. auxiliaries. adj. 1. additional; supplementary; reserve: an auxiliary police force. 2. used as a substitute or reserve in case of need: The hospital has an auxiliary power system in case of a blackout.… …   Universalium

  • auxiliary — Synonyms and related words: abetting, accessory, accident, accidental, acolyte, addendum, addition, additional, adjunct, adjutant, adjuvant, adscititious, adventitious, agent, aid, aide, aide de camp, aider, aiding, alter ego, ancillary, another …   Moby Thesaurus

  • should — verbal auxiliary, past of shall Etymology: Middle English sholde, from Old English sceolde owed, was obliged to, ought to Date: before 12th century 1. used in auxiliary function to express condition < if he should leave his father, his father… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • could — verbal auxiliary, past of can Etymology: Middle English couthe, coude, from Old English cūthe; akin to Old High German konda could Date: 13th century used in auxiliary function in the past < we found we could go >, in the past conditional < we… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • maun — verbal auxiliary Etymology: Middle English man, from Old Norse, present of munu shall, will; akin to Old English gemynd mind more at mind Date: 13th century chiefly Scottish must …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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