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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A moment's silence was held as those paying their respects remembered Andrew in their own way, while Sam Smith's Lay Me Down played.
People have been paying their respects, and it shows they care.
The only ones paying their respects to the English dead were a handful of people from the English Democrats Party.
2 man in the cabinet -- created controversy after paying their respects at the shrine followed by harsh rhetoric by ultranationalists.
Even Libyans living in Malta were among those paying their respects to Mr Mintoff as the politician who did most to strengthen the brotherly relations between the two neighbourly peoples.
MOURNERS were prevented from paying their respects to a schoolgirl killed in a crash on her 16th birthday because of the Whitehaven shootings, it has been revealed.
The exhibition was made possible by Princess Diana's brother, Earl Spencer, who was available to sign his books and talk to visitors paying their respects to his sister who will never be forgotten.
Cardiff City fans will be paying their respects to those who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster.
On Tyneside, mourners were paying their respects with a two-minute silence at midday.
Over 300 people paid their respects to Lingham at a funeral service at All Saints Church in Newmarket on November 29, when among those paying their respects were Banks, Cumani, Ed Dunlop, Bruce Hobbs, Neville Callaghan, Mrs James Toller, Jason Weaver and Oscar Urbina.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The Queen has been very touched that so many people are paying their respects.
A Palace spokeswoman said yesterday: "Her Majesty has been very touched that so many people are paying their respects.
But in case those paying their respects misunderstood the epitaph, the marker also contains an illustrated carving -- presumably of Stockbridge -- showing a tree limb striking his head.
After the standard bearers marched us all to the Smith's Dock war memorial in the park and the civic dignitaries, Sea Cadets and others had laid their wreaths, what was very pleasing to see was the young footballers (boys and girls), still dressed in their football strip laying wreaths and paying their respects.
The group, including 31year-old Timmy's brother and sister, were led by police close to the tangled wreckage where they spent 20 minutes quietly paying their respects.