goodbye

noun
good·bye | \ gu̇d-ˈbī , 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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Clearly, Shadowhunters fans are determined not to say goodbye to their fave show quite yet. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, ""Shadowhunters" Producer Says "Ongoing Discussions" About the Show's Future Are Happening With Freeform and Netflix," 12 July 2018 Real Madrid, Europe's most successful club, will have to find a way to reinvent itself after seeing one of soccer's greatest players say goodbye. Tales Azzoni, chicagotribune.com, "Real Madrid prepare for life without Ronaldo," 11 July 2018 It’s time to say goodbye to the younger me with everything ahead of her. Jessica Berger Gross, Longreads, "Gone Gray," 10 July 2018 An online petition calling on Starbucks to say goodbye to plastic straws has close to 150,000 signatures. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Starbucks to scrap plastic straws globally by 2020," 9 July 2018 Serena's goodbye prayer is one that Jewish parents traditionally say for their children. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale': Season 2, Episode 13 Recap: 19 Startling Moments in 'The Word'," 11 July 2018 Some put extreme thought into it, going so far as to write goodbye letters. Wayne Drash And Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Back from the brink of suicide, they want to save others," 14 June 2018 In the season’s second episode, the runner-up says goodbye to the audience by putting a green oven mitt on his right hand and following instructions to flick off Congress. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Win a Game Show, Pay Off Your Student Debt," 12 July 2018 Care and attention Say goodbye to dentists who feel cold, detached or unkind. Karlie Brand, sandiegouniontribune.com, "8 reasons you’ll wish this dentist was yours," 11 July 2018

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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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More Definitions for goodbye

good-bye

interjection
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

good-bye

noun
variants: or good-by

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

: a remark made when someone is leaving

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Nglish: Translation of goodbye for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of goodbye for Arabic Speakers

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