What does bye mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bye, passnoun

    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 longnoun

    a farewell remark

    "they said their good-byes"


  1. byeinterjection

    Goodbye: .

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bye Bee

    Etymology: come immediately from the Saxon, by, bying , i. e. a dwelling. Edmund Gibson Camden.


  1. bye

    A term used to express farewell or to end a conversation, often when one or both people involved in the conversation are leaving. It can also be used in certain sports contexts to refer to a situation where a player or team advances to the next round without having to compete.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Byenoun

    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. Byenoun

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

  3. Byenoun

    a dwelling

  4. Byenoun

    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.

Suggested Resources

  1. BYE

    What does BYE stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the BYE acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BYE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bye is ranked #9496 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bye surname appeared 3,423 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Bye.

    93.4% or 3,198 total occurrences were White.
    2.1% or 72 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.6% or 57 total occurrences were Black.
    1.6% or 56 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.8% or 30 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.2% or 10 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bye in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bye in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of bye in a Sentence

  1. Charles M. Schulz:

    Why can't we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn't work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need. I need more hellos.

  2. Actor Liam Hemsworth:

    6. The smelly kid Some parents feel the need to use the entire plane as a diaper. Gross, but true : A child reportedly pooping on a plane seat on a Delta flight last year( the parents covered the seat with newspapers — how thoughtful). And it’s not unusual for babies to drop a( stink) bomb or two during the flight. ( If this emotional support pig can get kicked off a plane for crapping in the aisle, should little humans, too ?) 7. The chatty kid Chatty Cathy is generally one of the most annoying passengers on a flight but what if Cathy is six years old ? While adorable and curious, she’s probably the last person you want conversation with, because of course she continues to ask the same question in different ways. Or maybe she’s having a loud conversation with her doll. In fact, several years ago, a kid actually got kicked off a plane for being too chatty. According to the Associated Press, Kate Penland’s then 19-month-old son, Garren, started saying ‘ Bye, bye plane, ’ before takeoff — and would n’t stop. When the other passengers started complaining, Kate Penland got mad and eventually Kate Penland and Kate Penland son were asked to leave. That seems a little extreme. Maybe just give the kid a pack of pretzels( peanuts are too risky) and offer him a window seat. 8. The ultimate nightmare kid It’s fair to say no one wants to sit next to a kid who kicks your seat, complains, talks up a storm and manages to poop themselves all on one flight. But as they say in airline business, the sky’s the limit. Passengers who survive the ultimate nightmare child passenger deserve a medal. Actor Liam Hemsworth recently admitted on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that Actor Liam Hemsworth own three kids were those kids on a recent flight from London to Australia( a 30-hour trip). The Ellen DeGeneres Show was kind of like the trip from hell, they were all sick and literally took turns to scream. One would kinda do it and then look over and be like, ‘ I ’m done, you want a turn ? ’ ' Yep, Wahhhh ! ’ The whole cabin, yeah, wanted to kick us off … I don’t know what people expect though — you’re gon na put them in the suitcase or something ?

  3. Jeev Trika:

    It seemed as though I was personally targeted by Google, i would purchase a brand new domain and post nothing more than ‘bye bye world’ and within minutes, Google would de-index that domain too. So, Google’s argument that it was removing websites because they were violating Google webmaster guidelines falls flat. It was not about the website content, it was about targeting the website owner. The fact that Google targets people like this is not something that is consistent with their published policies, or what they tell the public.

  4. Don Felder:

    I would say 'Bye Bye Love' is one of my favorite influential songs to this day, and ironically, they were so in sync with their harmonies that they sounded like one person. That approach to hearing and formulating harmonies stuck in my head, so when I joined the Eagles, my ear was trained to be able to hear a vocal that way.

  5. Anonymous:

    Money talks...but all mine ever says is good-bye.

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