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Helenej
Posted: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 2:37:20 AM

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When we meet a friend, we GREET them saying hi, hello, good morning etc.

What is it called that we do we when we say good-bye to someone meaning to meet them again the next day or in a couple of days? We don't part, do we? Perhaps we farewell or bid farewell but this word is marked as old-fashioned in the dictionary.
tunaafi
Posted: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 3:32:01 AM

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We simply say goodbye.
Romany
Posted: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 3:45:08 AM
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Originally, we would 'greet' people and then "Take our leave" of them.

But, strangely, once this phrase died out in modern English, nothing sprang up to take its place. One can still use the phrase "take one's leave" - but only in a very formal or academic text - when we assume other readers/listeners are going to be familiar with that barely-used phrase.

So yes, as Tuna says, we 'greet' people and then we 'say goodbye' to them.
mactoria
Posted: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 10:17:11 AM
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Per "The Dictionary" thesaurus function: take leave, take leave from, part, part from, bid adieu. Checked a few reference sites, and there doesn't seem to be an easy, common one-word antonym for greet. Good question to pose for us.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 4:44:25 PM

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In some meanings (where someone stands at the entrance and greets people as they arrive - or goes to the airport to "meet and greet" a guest) the antonym phrase could be "see off".

You go to the airport to greet a new arrival, then you go to the airport to see them off when they leave.

The host greets guests at the door and 'sees them to the door' as they leave.

I really can't think of a single word, though . . .

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Helenej
Posted: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 11:14:56 PM

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What do I need this word for? I just wanted to:

1. ask my student "What do people say when they greet each other?" and elicit "hi", "hello", "good morning" etc.;

2. then ask them "What do people say when they XXX each other?" and elicit "good-bye", "bye", "see you", "see you later", "take care" etc.

The question "What do people say when they say good-bye" seems meaningless, doesn't it?



Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, August 02, 2017 12:15:07 AM

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Hmmm Think
Not quite the same question, but one which will elicit the same answer, is:
"What do they say when they are parting?"

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Helenej
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Thank you very much everyone.
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