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 But Nannan had to say goodbye to his tutors after China overhauled the industry in July as part of a wider campaign to rein in private businesses that leaders saw as exacerbating inequality. Wenxin Fan, WSJ, 15 Jan. 2022 Say goodbye to the dead hand of private health insurers, to navigating in-network and out-of-network charges, to deductibles and co-pays, to substandard dental, vision and hearing services. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2022 Mourners gathered Monday to say goodbye to a 14-year-old girl who was shot and killed by a stray bullet while in a clothing store changing room as a Los Angeles police officer opened fire on a suspect. Fox News, 11 Jan. 2022 While another tried to put things into perspective for fans who aren't ready to say goodbye. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 8 Jan. 2022 This is goodbye to Sosa — and probably to all three. Paul Sullivan,, 31 Dec. 2021 And goodbye to Bernie Madoff, architect of one of the most audacious Ponzi schemes ever. CBS News, 26 Dec. 2021 Say goodbye to the old year and hello to the new one. J.d. Crowe |, al, 1 Jan. 2022 Say goodbye to 2021 and welcome 2022 with some freebies and deals. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 1 Jan. 2022

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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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17 Jan 2022

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“Goodbye.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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