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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Instead of bidding Ducky goodbye, Gibbs, Vance (Rocky Carroll), and Sloane (Maria Bello) led Ducky down to a room. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS' Just Dropped a Major Bombshell About Ducky's Future," 27 Mar. 2019 After three days, more than 100 well-wishers had bid him goodbye. Bob Brody, WSJ, "Requiem for a Doorman," 16 Dec. 2018 Toward the end of July, the sixth and final season of The Americans will hit Prime, so fans of the show can bid goodbye to everyone’s favorite 1980s Russian spies. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Here's Everything That's New on Amazon Prime Video in July 2018," 1 July 2018 All you… Heather Duke: Have to do... Heather Chandler: Say goodbye to Shamu. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Here Are the Lyrics to "Candy Store" From "Riverdale"'s "Heathers: The Musical" Episode," 22 Mar. 2019 Here, Clarke tells about repping Dolce & Gabbana’s new scent, saying goodbye to Khaleesi, and promoting gender equality. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "For Emilia Clarke, Ending Game of Thrones Was "the Metaphorical Undoing of the Bra"," 12 Mar. 2019 As the fashion community said goodbye to Chanel’s legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld, his muses united on the runway for his final show. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Penélope Cruz Leads a Parade of Chanel Muses in an Emotional Tribute to Karl Lagerfeld," 5 Mar. 2019 MacGyver has officially said goodbye to Jack Dalton. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'MacGyver' Fans Threaten They're 'Done with the Show' After George Eads's Emotional Exit," 4 Feb. 2019 The striker left Cardiff after signing his deal and returned to Nantes to collect his belongings and say goodbye to teammates and staff of the French topflight club. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Man leading search for Sala’s plane says wreckage found," 4 Feb. 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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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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