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Is there some verb that represents an action of "saying goodbye" ?


When you meet someone, you say hello.

When you ____ (with) someone, you say goodbye.

When a pair does this it is called "break up".

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Depart? Separate. – Dan Shaffer Jan 29 at 13:49
To break up with someone means to end a romantic relationship. To part or take leave is to say goodbye. – GoDucks Jan 29 at 14:30
And by pair I think you mean couple: although these words are normally synonyms, couple is used to refer to two people in a romantic relationships while pair isn't generally. e.g.: “Are they a pair?” “Uh, yes, they are two people.” “No, I mean are they a couple?” “Oh! Yes, they started dating yesterday.” – SevenSidedDie Jan 29 at 17:53
Use whatever word you think best suggests the reason for parting. – Hot Licks Jan 29 at 19:19
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The verb you are looking for is part

to go apart from or leave one another, as persons

[Dictionary.com, sense 23.]

In your case,

When you part with someone, you say goodbye.

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Many words describe either the action of leaving, or of being left. "Part" is excellent since it fits both. – H.R.Rambler Jan 29 at 17:11
+1, but I can't decide whether I like "part from" or "part with" more. – DCShannon Jan 30 at 8:24
@dcshannon - that could make a good ELU question! – BiscuitBoy Jan 30 at 9:47

The verb leave could also work:


  • a : to go away from : depart (leave the room)
  • b : desert, abandon (left his wife)
  • c : to terminate association with : withdraw from (left school before graduation)

When you leave someone, you say goodbye.

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Note that "to leave with someone" is also perfectly capable of conveying an entirely different message!))) – Stephan Bijzitter Jan 29 at 17:59
"take your leave" works better – H Stephen Straight Feb 3 at 1:12

Kind of a special case, but "dismiss" also works.

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