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).
See also: pay, respect
References in classic literature ?
The guests arose; the two women inclined their heads; the guards fell back upon either side of the entrance-way; a number of nobles advanced to pay their respects; the laughing and the talking were resumed and Dejah Thoris and her daughter moved simply and naturally among their guests, no suggestion of differing rank apparent in the bearing of any who were there, though there was more than a single Jeddak and many common warriors whose only title lay in brave deeds, or noble patriotism.
On Tuesday morning in Nicosia people lined up to pay their respects to Christofias whose casket was taken to the PEO trade union offices in the capital.
FREDDIE Starr will be laid to rest tomorrow, with many fans expected to turn out to pay their respects.
1 / 16 Residents pay their respects by placing flowers for the victims of the mosques attacks in Christchurch at the Masjid Umar mosque in Auckland on March 17, 2019.
The team of StreetDance 3D with Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead observed two minutes of silence to pay their respects to the CRPF soldiers killed in the Pulwama attack.
In factories, schools and in Owen Owen, Coventrians gathered to stop and pay their respects to the great Prime Minister.
Organisers could not find any living relatives so people living nearby turned out in force to pay their respects to the two men.
A shaky video of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Maneka arriving at Pakpattan to pay their respects at Baba Fariduddin Ganjshakar's shrine went viral within hours of being made available on social media on Thursday.
The whole industry wants to come together to pay their respects to the victims.
JOSE MOURINHO hopes to produce a performance befitting the Busby Babes as Manchester United prepare to pay their respects to the victims of the Munich air disaster.
ARSON survivor Kyle Pearson joined hundreds of people gathered to light candles and pay their respects to his little sisters and brother who lost their lives after the devastating blaze ripped through their family home.
People pay their respects at Middlesbrough cenotaph norman
Hundreds turned up to pay their respects and the mourners were joined by a number of football players.
NEWCASTLE will have the chance to pay their respects to the victims of the horrific Orlando club shooting at a vigil in Times Square tonight.
Houhou's family then departed and headed toward their home, where they welcomed hundreds of visitors who came to pay their respects. "I do not know them personally, nor did I know Sami," Mohammad, one of the visitors, told The Daily Star.