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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But in recent times Remembrance Sunday has also been as much about paying our respects to members of our Armed Forces who have more recently lost their lives on current military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
All Americans paying our respects to the memory of 3,025 of our brothers and sisters who were killed a year ago today by terrorists who picked a fight they will never win.
Americans paying our respects to 3,025 of our brothers and sisters who were killed a year ago today by terrorists who picked a fight they will never, ever win.