Definition of "bye" [bye]

  • A secondary matter; a side issue. (noun)
  • Sports The position of one who draws no opponent for a round in a tournament and so advances to the next round. (noun)
  • Bye By the way; incidentally. (idiom)
  • Used to express farewell. (interjection)
  • The situation in which a player or team in an eliminatory contest wins a preliminary round by virtue of having no opponent (noun)

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  • One or more holes of a stipulated course that are left unplayed after the match has been decided (noun)
  • A run scored off a ball not struck by the batsman: allotted to the team as an extra and not to the individual batsman (noun)
  • Something incidental or secondary (noun)

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Use "bye" in a sentence
  • "♫♫ Let the circle be unbroken, by & by Lord, bye& bye ♫♫"
  • "In Marshallese, the language of Bikini Atoll, hello and bye alike are conveyed in the word kwe, which also means love.i In English, the expression bye was once similarly fulsome: God be with you."
  • "During the first hour I felt pain, but during the rest of the evening pride kindly came to my assistance and from that moment instead of feeling myself little, I grew to a most noble and patagonian [3] nature, from which I could scarcely reduce myself for many days after; and which enabled me at the moment to turn a deaf ear to the contended merits of Demosthenes and Cicero, the Borhavians in medicine, and the &c &c &c &c — and to set and compose verses 'to my Old Oak table', which by the bye is a far better companion to me, as I will make appear, than Dr. A and his son put together."