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bye

noun \ ˈbī \

Definition of bye

plural byes play \ˈbīz\
: the position of a participant in a tournament who advances to the next round without playing
  • drew a first-round bye

Examples of bye in a Sentence

  1. She got a bye into the second round of the tennis tournament.

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Origin and Etymology of bye

alteration of 2by

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bye

interjection

Definition of bye

used as a shortened form of goodbye to express farewell
  • When he finally spoke, though, and said, "Bye, I'll call you," instead of disappointment she had felt an enormous rush of relief—a feeling, she thinks now, of things falling back into place.
  • —Ann Packer
  • The stag lowered his head and raised it again. He blew out a frosty puff of air, then leaped away, vanishing into the mist. "Bye," Annie said wistfully.
  • —Mary Pope Osborne
  • "Bye, Mom! Bye, Auggie!" I kissed them both quickly and headed toward the door.
  • —R. J. Palacio

First Known Use of bye

1618

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