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

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Examples of goodbye in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That day, Hau took Asher home and started to prepare to say goodbye. Natallie St. Onge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Asher Hau died a year ago, just shy of age 2. His mother is asking everyone to do an act of kindness in his memory," 1 July 2020 Mili Widhani Khatter, 39, who has lived in the U.S. with her husband and two U.S.-born children for the past 12 years, flew back to Delhi, India, without her family to say goodbye to her dying mother. Olivia Carville,, "Thousands Stranded, Families Separated After Trump H-1B Decree," 30 June 2020 So say goodbye to the days of covering your home with an unnatural, heavy odor. Jorie Nicole Mcdonald, Southern Living, "Smelly Odors Are No Match For This DIY Air Freshener," 29 June 2020 Many of the more than 6,000 Bergamo dead never had a funeral celebrated in their honor, depriving their families of the chance to say goodbye. Washington Post, "Italy honors, remembers virus dead with Donizetti’s Requiem," 28 June 2020 Alice is also ready to say goodbye to Payton who always seems to believe he’s getting the raw end of the deal. Shannon Carlin,, "The Politician Season 2 Binge Club Recap: Episodes 1-7," 24 June 2020 Some of our friends stopped by to say goodbye through the front porch screen. Kellie Hwang,, "A reporter’s surreal pandemic cross-country move to the Bay Area," 23 June 2020 This all-in-one beach umbrella Say goodbye to flyaway umbrellas or umbrellas that don't provide adequate shade. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "25 game-changing beach essentials you need this summer," 19 June 2020 Uribe will say goodbye to FOX 26 in July and head 'across the pond' to start a new life in England. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "London Calling: Fox 26's Chrisdyann Uribe sets off for new adventure in England," 19 June 2020

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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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The first known use of goodbye was in 1575

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3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Goodbye.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce goodbye (audio)

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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