Goodbye meaning

go͝od-bī
Goodbye is defined as a way to express that you are leaving.

An example of goodbye is what you'd say to the hosts of a party you're leaving.

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Farewell; a formula used to another person or persons when the speaker or writer or person addressed is departing.
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An utterance of goodbye, the wishing of farewell to someone.

John gave Rebecca a goodbye to wish her luck on her holiday.

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Used to express an acknowledgment of parting.
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An act of parting or leave-taking.

Many sad goodbyes.

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Farewell.
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An acknowledgment at parting, especially by saying “goodbye.”
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Origin of goodbye

  • Alteration (influenced by good day) of God be with you

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From earlier Godby, Godby'e, Godbwye, God b'w'y, God bwy yee, God buy you, God be wi' you: each a progressively shorter contraction of God be with you, with change of God to good by confusion with good morning, good day, etc.

    From Wiktionary