goodbye Definition

  • 1an expression of good wishes when parting or at the end of a conversation
  • 2a farewell

Using goodbye: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "goodbye" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She said goodbye and left the room.

  • Example

    It's time to say goodbye to our guests.

  • Example

    I hate saying goodbye to my friends.

  • Example

    He waved goodbye from the train.

goodbye Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for goodbye

Phrases with goodbye

  • to give up or lose something or someone


    You'll have to say goodbye to your free time once the baby arrives.

  • to lose or give up something, often due to a mistake or bad decision


    By not studying for the exam, he kissed goodbye to his chance of getting an A.

  • to make a waving gesture with one's hand as a sign of farewell


    As the ship sailed away, we stood on the dock and waved goodbye.

Origins of goodbye

from 'God be with ye'


Summary: goodbye in Brief

'Goodbye' [ɡʊdˈbaɪ] is an interjection or noun used to express good wishes when parting or ending a conversation. It is synonymous with 'farewell' and 'adios.' The phrase 'say goodbye to' means to give up or lose something or someone, while 'kiss goodbye to' implies losing or giving up something due to a mistake or bad decision. 'Wave goodbye' is a gesture of farewell.

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