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.
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’.
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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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References in classic literature ?
It was Djor Kantos' duty immediately to pay his respects to Dejah Thoris and Tara of Helium; but he did not do so and presently the daughter of The Warlord frowned indeed.
The very first sentence conveyed the assurance of their being all settled in London for the winter, and concluded with her brother's regret at not having had time to pay his respects to his friends in Hertfordshire before he left the country.
For an instant the idea struck Madame Danglars that this eagerness on the part of the young viscount arose from his impatience to join her party, and she whispered her expectations to her daughter, that Albert was hurrying to pay his respects to them.
Boris, grown more manly and looking fresh, rosy and self-possessed, entered the drawing room elegantly dressed in the uniform of an aide-de-camp and was duly conducted to pay his respects to the aunt and then brought back to the general circle.
Will not it be right for me to go too?" but they were no sooner through the door than Henry Crawford undertook to answer the anxious inquiry, and, encouraging him by all means to pay his respects to Sir Thomas without delay, sent him after the others with delighted haste.
Yates, having never been with those who thought much of parental claims, or family confidence, could not perceive that anything of the kind was necessary; and therefore, thanking them, said, "he preferred remaining where he was, that he might pay his respects to the old gentleman handsomely since he was come; and besides, he did not think it would be fair by the others to have everybody run away."
At his first arrival, which was immediately before the entrance of the roast-beef, he had given an intimation that he had brought some news with him, and was beginning to tell, that he came that moment from Mr Allworthy's, when the sight of the roast-beef struck him dumb, permitting him only to say grace, and to declare he must pay his respect to the baronet, for so he called the sirloin.
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Consul General Robert Silberstein noted that being at the mausoleum to pay his respects to the Quaid-i-Azam also offered him the opportunity to reflect upon his democratic vision of a unified Pakistan that respects diversity, religious harmony and pluralism.
PARATROOPERS carry the coffin of a Second World War hero who touched hearts after struggling to his feet to pay his respects to the fallen on Armistice Day.
Today, the 48-year-old driver behind the derailment, Yu Chen-chung, quietly entered the funeral hall, kneeled, and kowtowed to pay his respects to the victims.
Song planned to pay his respects to victims of the uprising by visiting a national cemetery there, but he canceled amid fierce opposition from civic activists and some of the bereaved families of the democracy movement.
Clem Laidler from Stockton Amateur Swimming Club was also there to pay his respects.
Roger Foster, 66, from Goole, East Yorkshire, said his uncle would have been the first in line to pay his respects at The Queens Hotel, in Leeds.
MAKKAH, July 22, 2011 (Frontier Star): President Asif Ali Zardari and members of his delegation performed Umrah and visited the Rooza-e-Rasool (PBUH) to pay his respects. The President prayed for peace, stability and prosperity of Pakistan and the Muslim Ummah.