good·​bye | \ gu̇d-ˈbī How to pronounce goodbye (audio) , gə(d)-\
variants: or good-bye or less commonly goodby or good-by

Definition of goodbye

1 : a concluding remark or gesture at parting often used interjectionally
2 : a taking of leave a tearful goodbye

Examples of goodbye in a Sentence

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Say goodbye to Foster Burger by Sunday, July 7 at 5339 S.E. Foster Rd., "Foster Burger, Portland’s chef-driven burger bar and shake shack, is closing," 6 July 2019 Iconic humor publication MAD Magazine is saying goodbye to newsstands, according to a person familiar with the situation. Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, WSJ, "MAD Magazine to Stop Publishing New Content," 4 July 2019 The forward looked uncomfortable at points during the 2018/19 season, seemingly saying goodbye to West Ham's fans during a game in January, and this second transfer request signifies his desire to finally leave the club this summer., "West Ham Place £40m Price Tag on Marko Arnautovic Following Second Transfer Request," 4 July 2019 Say goodbye to a key Spur 527 connection to Brazos Street for about a year. Dug Begley, Houston Chronicle, "Spur 527 exit to Brazos Street closing for repairs," 1 July 2019 Wendie Renard headed in a set piece in the 81st minute, bringing France within one and injecting life back into the swaths of fans not ready to say goodbye to this team. Ashley Scoby, Pro Soccer USA, "U.S., France atmosphere lives up to hype in World Cup prize fight," 29 June 2019 The pair said goodbye to Little People, Big World officially last summer after 14 years on the show. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Jeremy Roloff Speaks Out After Audrey Revealed There's "Fighting" and "Crying" in Their Marriage," 28 June 2019 At 16 and with dreams of playing basketball and furthering her education, Yacine Diop said goodbye to her family and left Senegal for the first time. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "How Yacine Diop's long journey to play for Louisville basketball began in Senegal," 28 June 2019 The family wanted answers, and that morning headed to the Mount Pleasant Police station just hours after saying goodbye to DJ. James Brown, CBS News, "Defending DJ: Was the fatal shooting of a Pace University football player justified?," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of goodbye

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for goodbye

alteration of God be with you

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English Language Learners Definition of goodbye

: a remark or gesture made when someone is leaving
: a time or occasion when someone leaves


variants: or good-by \ gu̇d-​ˈbī \

Kids Definition of good-bye

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used to express good wishes to someone who is leaving


variants: or good-by

Kids Definition of good-bye (Entry 2 of 2)

: a remark made when someone is leaving

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