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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The mosque was so full hundreds stood outside, heads bowed in the pouring rain as they paid their respects.
Moreover, Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and other leaders including Qamar Zaman Kaira, Nadeem Afzal Chan and other leaders also paid their respects to the greatest saint as they visited the shrine.
Once the church had reached its 250-person capacity, hundreds were left outside and all stood in silence as they paid their respects to Mr Fox.
Newcastle players paid their respects to the Dutch maestro on social media.
Summary: As the dust of Thursday's twin suicide bombings settled, victims' families paid their respects to the deceased, as funeral processions made their way through Beirut's southern suburb of Burj al-Barajneh.
A full police guard of honour paid their respects outside St John the Evangelist Church in South Bank yesterday as the cortege arrived.
HUNDREDS paid their respects to a former paratrooper and police inspector at his funeral in Coventry.
Rulers, Shaikhs and senior officials have paid their respects to the sons and relatives of the late Abdel Karim Jalfar at the family residence in Al Twar 3 district in Dubai.
Family and friends paid their respects to Craig Maddocks who died at the Cambrian Vaults, Wrexham, last month.
Summary: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have paid their respects at a Commonwealth war cemetery in Singapore.
On Thursday even more people paid their respects amidst calls of 'Saviour' and 'Mintoff, Mintoff' when his coffin was driven on a highly emotional journey through the streets of the Maltese cities and towns that used to elect him.
FANS paid their respects to Frank Carson at his local church yesterday after his coffin was put on display.
Thousands of Americans poured into Times Square and outside the White House to celebrate Osama bin Laden's death, while Osama bin Laden's Pakistani supporters rallied in the street of Quetta, western Pakistan, paid their respects to Osama bin Laden who was killed by the U.
HUDDERSFIELD Christians have paid their respects to a murdered Pakistani politician.
HUNDREDS of Manchester City fans paid their respects to Malcolm Allison yesterday when the former manager's funeral cortege passed by the club's home stadium.