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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. Ref: Also, by. 1 1 34

  2. (in a tournament) the preferential status of a player or team not paired with a competitor in an early round and thus automatically advanced to play in the next round.

    Category: Sport

  3. something subsidiary or secondary.

  4. Ref: by1. 1 1 32 1 1 33

Idioms for bye:

  1. by the bye,by the way; incidentally.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of bye:

1710–20; var. sp. of by1 in its n. sense “side way”


or by 1 2

  1. Category: Common Vocabulary

    Ref: good-bye.

Origin of bye:

by shortening


  1. var. of by- :


    Category: Affix

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bye, pass(noun)

    you advance to the next round in a tournament without playing an opponent

    "he had a bye in the first round"

  2. adieu, adios, arrivederci, auf wiedersehen, au revoir, bye, bye-bye, cheerio, good-by, goodby, good-bye, goodbye, good day, sayonara, so long(noun)

    a farewell remark

    "they said their good-byes"


  1. bye(Interjection)

    Goodbye: .

  2. Origin: Variant form of by, from bī (being near).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bye(noun)

    a thing not directly aimed at; something which is a secondary object of regard; an object by the way, etc.; as in on or upon the bye, i. e., in passing; indirectly; by implication

  2. Bye(noun)

    a run made upon a missed ball; as, to steal a bye

  3. Bye(noun)

    a dwelling

  4. Bye(noun)

    in certain games, a station or place of an individual player


  1. Bye

    A bye in sports and other competitive activities can have two different meanings. First, in leagues where almost all teams play on the same days, the team that does not play on that day is said to be on bye., which is really a corruption of the older sense of the term "bye" in the context of tournament play. In the traditional and more common usage, a bye is the practice of allowing a player or team to advance to the next round of a single-elimination tournament without playing. It is always necessary to grant byes when the number of entrants in the competition is not a power of two; any such tournament without a power of two in a given round must grant the number of byes indicated by the difference in order to complete the field. In a seeded tournament, the byes are granted to the top seeds, whereas in an unseeded tournament the byes are usually awarded by random draw. For instance, the NCAA Basketball Tournament must grant 60 byes for its "play-in" round, since it has 68 participants and had to grant 16 first-round byes when it had 48 participants. Each of the NFL conferences playoff first rounds must grant two, since there are six teams each, which only confuses matters since they also use the term "bye weeks" to refer to what really should be called "scheduled off weeks" during the regular season. Both of the NCAA tournament and the NFL post-season are seeded, single-elimination tournaments, so the highest-seeded participants are granted the necessary byes.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'BYE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #582

Anagrams of BYE

  1. bey

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