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
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Summary: As the dust of Thursday's twin suicide bombings settled, victims' families paid their respects to the deceased, as funeral processions made their way through Beirut's southern suburb of Burj al-Barajneh.
A full police guard of honour paid their respects outside St John the Evangelist Church in South Bank yesterday as the cortege arrived.
HUNDREDS paid their respects to a former paratrooper and police inspector at his funeral in Coventry.
Rulers, Shaikhs and senior officials have paid their respects to the sons and relatives of the late Abdel Karim Jalfar at the family residence in Al Twar 3 district in Dubai.
President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades and the entire Council of Ministers paid their respects after having signed the book of condolences, which opened at the Presidential Palace.
Family and friends paid their respects to Craig Maddocks who died at the Cambrian Vaults, Wrexham, last month.
Summary: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have paid their respects at a Commonwealth war cemetery in Singapore.
On Thursday even more people paid their respects amidst calls of 'Saviour' and 'Mintoff, Mintoff' when his coffin was driven on a highly emotional journey through the streets of the Maltese cities and towns that used to elect him.
FANS paid their respects to Frank Carson at his local church yesterday after his coffin was put on display.
Thousands of Americans poured into Times Square and outside the White House to celebrate Osama bin Laden's death, while Osama bin Laden's Pakistani supporters rallied in the street of Quetta, western Pakistan, paid their respects to Osama bin Laden who was killed by the U.
HUDDERSFIELD Christians have paid their respects to a murdered Pakistani politician.
HUNDREDS of Manchester City fans paid their respects to Malcolm Allison yesterday when the former manager's funeral cortege passed by the club's home stadium.
To come to my second reason for writing, I was wanting to ask you if you know a way I could let the good people of Wootton Bassett know how myself, family and many friends, lots of them still in Pelton, appreciate how they have turned out time after time in great numbers to receive home our fallen soldiers and airmen, and paid their respects as the coffins passed.
During the day, hundreds of mourners paid their respects after the tribute was organised over the internet.
Mourners paid their respects in a variety of ways, including five of Jeremy's classmates who brought cookies to lay next to the grave.