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Valete

English translation: Good-bye

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Latin term or phrase:Valete
English translation:Good-bye
Entered by: Joseph Brazauskas
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16:21 Oct 20, 2002
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Latin term or phrase: Valete
salutation?
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Good-bye
Explanation:
Lit., it means 'be well/stay strong', and its form here is present imperative active, 2nd person plural; the singular form is 'vale' It was the commonest expression for 'good-bye' in Classical Latin; 'avete' and 'ave', which mean 'be well' also, were used for both 'hello' and 'good-bye'. It's doubtful that the sense 'be well' was primary in the hearers' minds whenever someone said 'valete' or 'avete' to him or her; the speaker simply meant 'good-bye', and unless the hearer was ill, he or she probably took it as such.
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Joseph Brazauskas
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Summary of answers provided
5 +7Good-bye
Joseph Brazauskas
4 +2FarewellJuan Carlstein
5Take care.
irat56


  

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11 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
Take care.


Explanation:
In fact "Valeo" means : "I am in good health", so, "Valete" being in the imperative mode (2nd plural) means "Keep healthy". The salutation went: "Ave atque Vale"
Ave!

irat56
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58 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +7
Good-bye


Explanation:
Lit., it means 'be well/stay strong', and its form here is present imperative active, 2nd person plural; the singular form is 'vale' It was the commonest expression for 'good-bye' in Classical Latin; 'avete' and 'ave', which mean 'be well' also, were used for both 'hello' and 'good-bye'. It's doubtful that the sense 'be well' was primary in the hearers' minds whenever someone said 'valete' or 'avete' to him or her; the speaker simply meant 'good-bye', and unless the hearer was ill, he or she probably took it as such.

Joseph Brazauskas
United States
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  flaviofbg
1 hr
  -> maximas tibi, Flavi, gratias denuo ago.

agree  Marion Burns
3 hrs
  -> tibi quoque gratias ago.

agree  Estella
22 hrs
  -> denuo gratiae mihi agendae sunt

agree  marfus
4 days
  -> iterum atque iterum me gratum esse confiteor.

agree  Egmont
13 days
  -> maximas ob opinionem tuam atque ceterorum gratias ago.

agree  Giusi Pasi
17 days
  -> tibi quoque gratias ago.

agree  xxxcmk: Vale, valete...
132 days
  -> ave! denuo gratiae tibi reddendae sunt.
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2 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +2
Farewell


Explanation:
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Juan Carlstein
Local time: 08:45
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I was seeking a bit more information

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agree  Joseph Brazauskas
5 days

agree  Egmont: ...too!
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