pay tribute to

pay tribute to (someone or something)

To do something as a way of publicly showing respect or admiration for a particular person, group, or thing. The movie pays tribute to an old adventure serial that ran on television in the mid-1930s. Fans across the world are paying tribute to the pop star following his sudden death.
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pay tribute to someone or something

Fig. to salute someone or something; to give public recognition to someone or something. Many of Judy's friends gathered to pay tribute to her. We will have a reception to pay tribute to the work of the committee.
See also: pay, to, tribute
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

pay ˈtribute to somebody/something

show that you respect or admire somebody/something: Members of the musical profession paid tribute to the late Leonard Bernstein.In the past, people often had to pay tribute to a ruler, which meant paying money in return for protection or for not being attacked.
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Then indeed, would he be very rich, for all the villages would pay tribute to him and he could even have as many as a dozen wives.
The other replied that all his antagonist said was true, and that he did not choose to give him more than four reals because he very often gave him money; and that those who expected presents ought to be civil and take what is given them with a cheerful countenance, and not make any claim against winners unless they know them for certain to be sharpers and their winnings to be unfairly won; and that there could be no better proof that he himself was an honest man than his having refused to give anything; for sharpers always pay tribute to lookers-on who know them.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Aug 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with several other leaders will pay tribute to late Atal Bihari Vajpayee at 'Sadev Atal' memorial, Rajghat here on the first death anniversary of the former Prime Minister.
Earlier, the provincial minister of manpower, RPO, commissioner Sargodha and others lit the candles to pay tribute to the martyrs.
This was to pay tribute to, and remember, those who have died or have been injured as a result of their duties whilst serving their communities.
Mark Martin was well known around Anfield and many have come forward to pay tribute to the "top family man" and "top LFC fan" who followed his club everywhere.
In a Tweet today, Khan said: 'I pay tribute to the missing generosity of Pakistanis for paying Rs 10 billion donations to the dam fund.' The Diamer Basha and Mohmand Dam Fund was established in July 2018 when the Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar initiated a worldwide donation drive for the construction of the dam.
On Kashmir Solidarity Day, whole country of Pakistan and people of Pakistan living foreign pay tribute to Kashmiri people for their struggle which they are doing in Indian occupied Kashmir.
Murtaza Wahab said that the best way to pay tribute to the leader on his birth anniversary is to renew the commitment to follow his ideas for the progress of the country.
The PPP Punjab and Lahore chapters, besides the other PPP leaders, will organise cake-cutting ceremonies, seminars and programmes at several places across the province to pay tribute to Bhutto.
The 33-year-old will collect a 120th cap as the FA pay tribute to his career almost two years after his final cap.
PIPERS will play, beacons will be lit and church bells will ring in all corners of the UK and around the world as communities pay tribute to the First World War fallen 100 years after the conflict ended.
He added: "I feel so privileged to be working with so many people who want to pay tribute to those who gave so much."
Members of the showbiz community lit candles at Tamaseel Theatre on Sunday to pay tribute to martyrs of the 1965 War and the war on terror.