pay (one's) respects

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pay (one's) respects

1. To offer (someone) a proper or formal expression of greeting, welcome, esteem, or well wishes. I think we should go over and pay our respects to the new neighbors and make them feel welcome to the area!
2. To offer or express one's condolences or sympathy, particularly to someone's family following his or her death. I'm heading to Janet's house after her father's funeral on Sunday to pay my respects to her and her family.
See also: pay, respect
References in classic literature ?
Neither seemed aware that the Duke should first have paid his respects to Mrs.
Tarzan, who, by this time, with the assistance of Abdul, had picked up quite a smattering of Arab, questioned one of the younger men who had accompanied the sheik while the latter paid his respects to Captain Gerard.
So after idling away an hour, they drove home again, and having paid his respects to Mrs.
New Delhi, June 3 ( ANI ): Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his respects to late Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters here today.
Summary: David Cameron has paid his respects to the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks during a visit to Ground Zero in New York.
MADINAH, August 10, 2011 (Frontier Star) -- Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday paid his respects at the Roza-e-Rasool (Peace be upon Him), offered Nawafil and prayed for peace, progress and unity of Pakistan and well being of its people.
In the ceremony, Emperor Akihito paid his respects and gave an address in remembrance of the empress dowager.