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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Indeed, it is to be feared that some of the more rustic and bashful youths of Devil's Ford, who had felt it incumbent upon them to pay their respects to the new-comers, were more at ease in this vestibule than in the arcana beyond, whose glories they could see through the open door.
An inquiry now took place into the intended movements of the young ladies; and, on finding whither they were going, it was decided that the gentlemen should accompany them to Edgar's Buildings, and pay their respects to Mrs.
Cold and pale lay the Emperor in his splendid great bed; the whole Court believed him dead, and one after the other left him to pay their respects to the new Emperor.
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
People gathered to pay their respects at the city centre memorial close to the World Museum, while flags were at half mast on council buildings including the Town Hall and Municipal Buildings.
Brian Davies Bury St Edmunds Suffolk #After the sabotage of the Germanwings aircraft, the leaders of Spain, Germany and France all travelled to the area to pay their respects to the dead and to comfort their relatives.
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.
SOUTH Tyneside Council has opened a Book of Condolence for the people of the Borough to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela.
Protoporia movement, students' branch of DISY, the party Clerides founded in 1976, also went to the church to pay their respects, expressing sorrow, gratitude and paying tribute to the party founder.
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.
The funeral service for Mr Maddocks, 34, a former boxer from Llay, was held at the village's Church of St Martin of Tours, where hundreds lined up to pay their respects.