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goodbye

or good-bye

[ good-bahy ]
/ ˌgʊdˈbaɪ /
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interjection
farewell (a conventional expression used at parting).
noun, plural good·byes.
a farewell.
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Origin of goodbye

First recorded in 1565–75; contraction of God be with ye
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How to use goodbye in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for goodbye

goodbye
/ (ˌɡʊdˈbaɪ) /

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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
noun
a leave-taking; partingthey prolonged their goodbyes for a few more minutes
a farewellthey said goodbyes to each other

Word Origin for goodbye

C16: contraction of God be with ye
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