Meaning of “goodbye” in the English Dictionary

"goodbye" in British English

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uk /ɡʊdˈbaɪ/ us /ɡʊdˈbaɪ/ informal bye

A1 used when someone leaves:

Goodbye Bill! See you next week.

More examples

  • He kissed the children goodbye .
  • As the bus left, she turned around and waved goodbye to us.
  • She said goodbye to all her friends and left.
  • He left and I missed my chance to say goodbye to him.
  • Give Grandpa a wave goodbye, Alice, you won't see him till next week.

goodbyenoun [ C ]

uk /ɡʊdˈbaɪ/ us /ɡʊdˈbaɪ/

(Definition of “goodbye” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"goodbye" in American English

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goodbyeexclamation, noun [ C/U ]

us /ɡʊdˈbɑɪ/ short form bye, /ˈbɑɪ/ , infml bye-bye, /bɑɪˈbɑɪ/

said when you are going away from someone else, or the act of saying this when you are going away:

[ U ] Goodbye, Roberto, and thanks again for a great dinner.
[ U ] Don’t go without saying goodbye to me, will you?

(Definition of “goodbye” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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