Meaning of ancillary in English:


Pronunciation /anˈsɪləri/

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  • 1Providing necessary support to the primary activities or operation of an organization, system, etc.

    ‘ancillary staff’
    • ‘GPs needed to be able to make themselves more available to teenagers and that required State support for ancillary services and the employment of nursing staff and counsellors at surgeries, he said.’
    • ‘Project, production and validation engineers are required not only by the main pharmaceutical companies, but by a variety of ancillary support operations.’
    • ‘The design allows for support and ancillary services in a pleasant court-yard-style environment.’
    • ‘The staff, support and ancillary workers at the four-strong Dudley Group of hospitals plan to strike until August 18.’
    • ‘The essential electrical system consists of alternate sources of power, connected distribution systems and ancillary equipment.’
    • ‘For the Middle Eastern client, the company provided both the filling equipment and the ancillary sanitation support.’
    • ‘Offices overlook harbour activity while ancillary services are aligned alongside the low cliff to the rear.’
    • ‘Centralized departments seem superior regarding ancillary support services and teacher motivation and experience.’
    • ‘Differentiation is no longer a function of service type and price, but of ancillary support services provided during the network lifecycle.’
    • ‘In addition to courses, the centralized department may offer ancillary support services such as counseling and tutoring.’
    • ‘Hari said that a week after the signing of the presidential instruction, the necessary ancillary regulations would be issued.’
    • ‘Dunning's murder is a reminder of the terrible dangers faced by our soldiers and police involved in peacekeeping operations around the world, and by the ancillary personnel who support them.’
    • ‘Other than operator assistance and similar ancillary services, the Bell Systems placed no content on the network.’
    • ‘The building provides the Ministry with a large children play/education hall, a smaller quiet area and ancillary office and support areas.’
    • ‘The subsequent ancillary development to support the burgeoning populace headed for this part of the city added its own flavour to the area.’
    • ‘England, as the bigger, richer player with more money in the kitty, could apparently offer more in the way of expensive, ancillary support.’
    • ‘Training of more than 200 editorial and ancillary staff on the new system is expected to be completed by the end of the year.’
    • ‘The turnover and employment figures rise exponentially when ancillary activities such as taxis and various contractor-suppliers are factored in.’
    • ‘The SCC took on the project in July with the help of Kathy Ulmer, manager of security ancillary operations at the university.’
    • ‘The ancillary activities required will also generate significant employment.’
    ancillary, subordinate, secondary, supportive
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    1. 1.1In addition to something else, but not as important.
      ‘paragraph 19 was merely ancillary to paragraph 16’
      • ‘If the restraint was deemed to be merely ancillary to the main purpose of a lawful contract, then it would be lawful.’
      • ‘The addition of ancillary revenue streams like high-speed Internet access and telephony make in-market competition more attractive today, proponents say.’
      • ‘There is training, health insurance and ancillary benefits, payroll taxes, and so forth.’
      • ‘Measuring about 11,350 square metres, it comprises production/warehouse accommodation of over 8,400 square metres with additional ancillary space.’
      • ‘In addition, ancillary studies, including immunochemistry stains, can be performed on cell blocks and furnish very valuable and critical evidence for a definitive diagnosis.’
      • ‘Planning permission has been granted for an additional seven bedrooms and ancillary rooms, which will accommodate another 10 residents.’
      • ‘Where a last minute rescue was once good for the cover of Life magazine or a key to the city, the average citizen is more liable to sue superheroes for the damages and injuries ancillary to their work.’
      • ‘Second, clause 6 of the bill allowed the gallery building to be used for purposes ancillary to the display of arts and crafts.’
      • ‘His irritating pseudo-epilepsy stands out as one of several examples where the editing misdirects our attention to issues ancillary to the show.’
      • ‘An action and proceedings ancillary to an action shall be commenced in the manner prescribed by the rules.’
      • ‘The Network also plans to encourage collaborations among clinical and basic researchers to generate information and develop ancillary studies using the resources of the database.’
      • ‘These data may indicate ancillary information associated with the document indexed at the original repository.’
      • ‘There's also a very familiar ancillary debate about the importance of ‘good news.'’
      • ‘Listening to Kyan talk about all the ancillary benefits of relaxation and mental discipline piqued my interest.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the reforms have generated an impressive array of ancillary benefits.’
      • ‘Additionally, there is an ancillary data channel used for transmitting spatial information.’
      • ‘Adherence to Web standards is not that hard, and comes with a number of ancillary benefits to authors, like search engine optimization and easy transformation.’
      • ‘They are also influenced by the business environment, the network of other support services and ancillary markets, and the soundness of the regulatory system governing the conduct of business.’
      • ‘This writer was delighted, therefore, to see a recent report from Croke Park on the money that is being earned from ancillary activities, such as business conferences and meetings.’
      • ‘Public readings were an esteemed but ancillary activity, something an established poet might do spurred by vanity, ambition, or a shortage of funds.’
      additional, auxiliary, supporting, helping, assisting, extra, supplementary, supplemental, accessory, contributory, attendant
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nounplural noun ancillaries

  • 1A person whose work provides necessary support to the primary activities of an organization, system, etc.

    ‘the employment of specialist teachers and ancillaries’
    • ‘You'll need a calculator to add them all up plus civil servants and ancillaries.’
    • ‘But Henry had suffocated her, bit by bit, until everyone around them saw her as nothing more than his ancillary.’
    • ‘The union, on the other hand, is under immense pressure from his own members - many of them in the lowest paid NHS jobs as cleaners, porters and ancillaries - over Agenda for Change.’
    • ‘Overseas nurses might work as ancillaries while they adapted to British ways.’
    • ‘The parents would not accept the principal's view that they were ancillaries, required to co-operate with him in the educational process.’
    replacement, deputy, relief, proxy, reserve, surrogate, cover, fill-in, stand-in, standby, locum, locum tenens, understudy, stopgap, alternative, ancillary
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    1. 1.1Something which functions in a supplementary or supporting role.
      ‘undergraduate courses of three main subjects with related ancillaries’
      • ‘the system measures engine power at the flywheel with all ancillaries (fan, standard exhaust, etc.) connected’
      • ‘Hotel Naomh Seosamh has a bar, lounge, restaurant, function room and ancillaries with 14 en suite guest bedrooms.’
      • ‘The emphasis, moreover, is almost completely on unions as ancillaries in managing the workplace not the economy.’
      • ‘The extension would have meeting rooms, an ancillary to the existing conference facilities, ten bedrooms and a presidential suite.’
      • ‘Ground Support products that are supplied include equipment spares, maintenance equipment and ancillaries.’
      • ‘Although the book is not all-inclusive, it certainly has use as an introduction or ancillary to the study of international law as it relates to the contentious topics of borders.’
      • ‘We think that the 30% private health insurance rebate on ancillary and extra items, not hospital cover, but the ancillaries really should be abolished and that funding redirected to the Public Hospital System.’
      • ‘The person doing programming has to realize that these ancillaries could be distracting, so a person may need to go back to them.’
      • ‘Two aluminium sub-chassis support the ancillaries, help absorb bumps, and guarantee an excellent standard of safety.’
      • ‘When I went to the Madras College, during which time I was also staying at Cholamandal, my ancillary was sheet metal work, so I had to do that and also it was what could bring in a little money.’
      • ‘It's an ancillary of the overall development.’
      • ‘Writers do not predict the future but use writing as a cognitive ancillary in the demystification of the present.’
      • ‘Sometimes the very fact that you have an innovative product in a particular industry sucks you into the distribution network and once you are in a key market, other ancillaries will bolt on.’
      • ‘Looking back, the quality movement among the domestic auto ancillaries actually was initiated by the country's premier car manufacturer, Maruti Udyog, through its cluster approach.’
      • ‘The new short term plan is an ancillary to ‘A Platform for Change’, the outline for Dublin's transport solutions between 2000-16.’
      • ‘Home Entertainment was no longer ‘just an ancillary.’’
      • ‘His debunking was merely an unintended ancillary to his campaign to become a local hero and impress the girls.’
      • ‘Of course the pleasure of their occupation was an ancillary of the object of the contract, but was not the very object of the contract.’
      • ‘Cavalry was now almost an ancillary, if still an indispensable arm.’
      • ‘Breakeven will be about $700 million worldwide box office, taking DVD and other ancillaries into account.’
      • ‘Deals with Blockbuster, Hollywood Video, pay cable, broadcast television and other ancillaries are also tied to theatrical release.’


Mid 17th century from Latin ancillaris, from ancilla ‘maidservant’.