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[goo d-bahy] /ˌgʊdˈbaɪ/
farewell (a conventional expression used at parting).
noun, plural goodbyes.
a farewell.
Origin of goodbye
1565-75; contraction of God be with ye Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for goodbye
  • Then, after two kisses goodbye at the schoolhouse door, she heads back home to work.
  • Say goodbye to fumbling with your map, having to take off your pack to get it out and have it exposed to the elements.
  • Yah, ridiculous when the alternative is to simply kiss the species goodbye.
  • We get things done in two or three hours and then it's goodbye.
  • They can kiss any more predictions from seismologists goodbye.
  • Further, much larger amounts of land would have to be cultivated so say goodbye to any nearby forests or open spaces.
  • Eventual tie-in with loyalty cards means saying goodbye to myriad stamp cards.
  • And so goodbye high fructose corn syrup, hello corn sugar.
  • Say goodbye to traffic jams and keep your car for occasional necessary long runs.
  • Her children and many of her grandchildren were able to say goodbye.
British Dictionary definitions for goodbye


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farewell: a conventional expression used at leave-taking or parting with people and at the loss or rejection of things or ideas
a leave-taking; parting: they prolonged their goodbyes for a few more minutes
a farewell: they said goodbyes to each other
Word Origin
C16: contraction of God be with ye
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