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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: .

    Etymology: 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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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

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

How to pronounce bye?

  1. Alex
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How to say bye in sign language?

  1. bye


  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. Katy Perry:

    Oh, someone says, ‘I miss your old black hair,’ oh, really? Do you miss Barack Obama as well? Oh, OK. Times change. Bye! See you guys later.

  2. Anjelica Huston:

    Jack Nicholson'd go,' Well, why not ? That's great. Bye, Toots,' and off he goes, i'd be kind of left in the dust like,' What happened ?' And so I had to negotiate that, and it was extremely hard at first. Then you develop more of a sense of humor about it.

  3. Bernie Sanders ':

    This veteran came by and sat down, and I said after standing up and saying bye to him, 'I guess I give up -- you have to do it,'.

  4. 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.

  5. Bernie Ecclestone:

    If you're going to try and explain it to the public properly, it's not just a case of 'Okay, the guy was the last one, bye-bye', we'll have to deal with it. I've told the FIA this and asked them what they'd like to do with it but the bottom line is there's not a lot they can do with it because we do all the timekeeping.

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