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.
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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.
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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’.
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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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Federal Minister for Finance paid his respects while visiting the shrine for second day in a row.
New Delhi, June 3 ( ANI ): Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his respects to late Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters here today.
K Advani also paid his respects to the deceased minister.
Summary: David Cameron has paid his respects to the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks during a visit to Ground Zero in New York.
MADINAH, August 10, 2011 (Frontier Star) -- Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday paid his respects at the Roza-e-Rasool (Peace be upon Him), offered Nawafil and prayed for peace, progress and unity of Pakistan and well being of its people.
In the ceremony, Emperor Akihito paid his respects and gave an address in remembrance of the empress dowager.