auxˌiliary ˈverb

noun [C] linguistics
a verb that is used with another verb to form questions, tenses, and negative or passive phrases. The main auxiliary verbs in English are ‘be', ‘have', and ‘do'.

Dictionary for writing and speaking English. 2014.

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