WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
bye1 /baɪ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]Also, by.
  1. Sporta secondary matter.
  1. Idiomsby the bye, by the way;

bye2 or by /baɪ/USA pronunciation   interj. 
  1. good-bye.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
bye1  (bī),USA pronunciation n. 
    Also,  by. 
  1. Sportin 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:The top three seeded players received byes in the first round.
  2. Sport[Golf.]the holes of a stipulated course still unplayed after the match is finished.
  3. Sport[Cricket.]a run made on a ball not struck by the batsman.
  4. something subsidiary, secondary, or out of the way.
  5. Idiomsby the bye, by the way;
    incidentally:Bythe bye, how do you spell your name? Also,  by the by. 

  1. by1.
  • variant spelling, spelled of by1 in its noun, nominal sense "side way'' 1710–20

bye2  (bī),USA pronunciation interj. 
  1. by2.

  • var. of  by-: bye-election.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    bye /baɪ/ n
    1. the situation in which a player or team in an eliminatory contest wins a preliminary round by virtue of having no opponent
    2. one or more holes of a stipulated course that are left unplayed after the match has been decided
    3. a run scored off a ball not struck by the batsman: allotted to the team as an extra and not to the individual batsman
    4. something incidental or secondary
    5. by the byeincidentally; by the way: used as a sentence connector
    Etymology: 16th Century: a variant of by
    bye, bye-bye sentence substitute
    1. Brit informal goodbye

    by-, bye- prefix
    1. near: bystander
    2. secondary or incidental: by-effect, by-election, by-path, by-product
    Etymology: from by

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