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 their 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

pay your respects

FORMAL
1. If you pay your respects to someone, you go to see them or you send them a message in order to be polite. Carl had asked him to visit the hospital and to pay his respects to Francis.
2. If you pay your respects, you go to someone's funeral. People came from miles around to pay their respects.
See also: pay, respect

pay your respects

make a polite visit to someone.
A similar expression is pay your last respects , meaning ‘show respect towards a dead person by attending their funeral’.
See also: pay, respect

pay your reˈspects (to somebody)

(formal) show respect for somebody by visiting them, attending their funeral, etc: At the funeral the whole neighbourhood came out to pay their respects (to him).
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JOSE MOURINHO hopes to produce a performance befitting the Busby Babes as Manchester United prepare to pay their respects to the victims of the Munich air disaster.
ARSON survivor Kyle Pearson joined hundreds of people gathered to light candles and pay their respects to his little sisters and brother who lost their lives after the devastating blaze ripped through their family home.
He said lawmakers wanted to attend the event to pay their respects to their party leader and it would be appropriate to adjourn the session till Tuesday.
THE cortege route for the funeral of Herbert Howe has been revealed, so that members of the public can pay their respects to the celebrity hairdresser.
Before the rest of the Square gather to pay their respects, Les goes to Claudette and Patrick to talk about Pam.
NEWCASTLE will have the chance to pay their respects to the victims of the horrific Orlando club shooting at a vigil in Times Square tonight.
NEWCASTLE will have the chance to pay their respects to the victims of the Orlando club massacre at a vigil in Times Square tonight.
Houhou's family then departed and headed toward their home, where they welcomed hundreds of visitors who came to pay their respects.
Colleagues pay their respects to |PC Andy Williams, left, who died suddenly aged just 45
Family, friends and former | comrades pay their respects to Arthur Carle Lamont
A spokesman said: "It was felt right to reflect on the tragic events and close other attractions and activities until Boxing Day, providing a chance for people to pause and pay their respects in their own way over Christmas.
Everyone is welcome to attend and pay their respects to their loved ones at the service conducted by Reverend Lionel Fanthorpe.
It is always sad to hear of people dying with no-one to mourn their passing and we knew many ex-servicemen and women, and other well-wishers, would want to pay their respects.
In addition, Japan's right-wing politicians are expected to pay their respects or dedicate their lanterns soon -- ahead of the July 21 Upper House elections.
ABOUT 700 people attended a funeral to pay their respects to a woman described as having "left a legacy" after her supporters raised more than pounds 1 million for charity following her death during the London Marathon.