pay (one's) last respects

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pay (one's) last respects

To show or express one's respect for someone who has died, especially by attending their funeral, wake, memorial service, etc. Anyone who wishes to pay their last respects to my husband is welcome to do so at the viewing this Saturday, from 10 AM to 4 PM.
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pay someone (for something) (with something)

to make payment with something to someone for something or for doing something. I will pay you for the loan you made me with the money I get from selling my car. I will pay you with a check.


one's last respects (to someone) to go to someone's funeral. I paid my last respects to Mr. Kantor yesterday. Scores of people came to pay their last respects.
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After receiving communion and unction he quietly died; and next day a throng of acquaintances who came to pay their last respects to the deceased filled the house rented by the Rostovs.
Hundreds of people consisting of officials including Rwanda's ambassador to Mozambique, Claude Nikobisanzwe, friends and relatives of the former Chairman of Rwandan diaspora in Mozambique, Louis Baziga gathered at Rusororo cemetery to pay their last respects to late Baziga.
Several BJP leaders including Union Home Minister and party's national president Amit Shah, Union Minister Jitender Singh, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan were among those who visited Jaitley's residence to pay their last respects.
Grateful thanks to paramedics and Fraserburgh First Responders for their care and attendance, special thanks to Rhoda Macdonald for her comforting words at the chapel and graveside; to the staff of Alexander Buchan & Son, Funeral Directors, for their professional and sympathetic handling of the arrangements; to the ladies of St Andrews Hall for the lovely teas and finally to all who came to pay their last respects at the chapel and graveside and so generously donated the sum of PS864.10 for Fraserburgh Diabetic and Stroke Unit.
Earlier, hundreds of mourners gathered at the All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi to pay their last respects.
Those who want to pay their last respects can do so from Thursday to Saturday morning.
Austria will mourn Formula One legend Niki Lauda with his body laid out in Vienna's Roman Catholic cathedral in a public homage next Wednesday.The three-time world championship winner's body will be laid out in the Stephansdom cathedral offering the public the chance to pay their last respects to a national hero, a family spokeswoman said Thursday.
Thousands pay their last respects to slain Jose Marcelino Garcia and Councilor Jose Antonio Garcia during the interment at the public cemetery of Moises Padilla in Negros Occidental Saturday.
A statement signed by Sammi Awuku, National Organiser, and released in Accra yesterday, invites all sympathisers and, indeed, the general public to grace this solemn occasion and pay their last respects to the distinguished former parliamentarian, who had paid his dues to this country before his shocking demise.
She also said they would end their council session on May 25, in order to pay their last respects to the deceased.
Fans have lined Mumbai's streets to pay their last respects.Thousands of fans have taken to the streets of Mumbai to farewell Bollywood star, Sridevi Kapoor, who died over the weekend after drowning in her bath tub.
Bollywood superstar Sridevi was cremated in the Indian city of Mumbai as thousands of fans gathered outside to pay their last respects.
His body was kept at a public ground in Mysuru to enable the CM's followers to pay their last respects.
SCOTTISH golfers turned out in force to pay their last respects at the funeral of renowned Scottish caddy Dave Renwick yesterday.
1965: Thousands of people pay their last respects to Britain's greatest wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill who is buried today after a full state funeral.