There are 2 main definitions of bye in English:

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bye 1

Pronunciation: /bʌɪ/


1The transfer of a competitor directly to the next round of a competition in the absence of an assigned opponent: he has a bye into the second round
More example sentences
  • All 16 seeded players received byes into the second round.
  • Where's the justice in eliminating more non-league teams in the qualifying rounds than is necessary, only for league clubs to be given byes in the first round proper of the competition?
  • Again, there would be a two-day playoff, but without byes.
2 Cricket A run scored from a ball that passes the batsman without being hit (recorded as an extra, not credited to the individual batsman).
Example sentences
  • Cricket, with its googlies, boseys, chinamen, silly legs, byes, sundries - the whole argot - was incomprehensible without deep explanation.
  • Some balls bounced three times before getting to the batsman; others went clean over the wicketkeeper for four byes.
  • His first ball was a no-ball, his second a full-toss, and his third ripped out of the rough for two byes.
3 Golf One or more holes remaining unplayed after a match has been decided.


by the bye

variant spelling of by the by (see by).


Mid 16th century (denoting a side issue or incidental matter): from by.

Words that rhyme with bye

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There are 2 main definitions of bye in English:

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bye 2

Pronunciation: /bʌɪ/


Short for goodbye. Okay, James. I’ll call her now. Bye Bye for now, Janie!
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  • I have decided that I have run out of adjectives or maybe never had any in the first place so bye for now.
  • Well, my mom's calling me because we're going to the hospital to visit my grandma, so bye for now, and pray I don't upset her.
  • But anyway, you've probably got better things to do than listen to me rant, so bye for now.
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