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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.
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.
in respect to
In reference to. In respect to the defense's claim that Ms. Smith acted alone, we have evidence to the contrary.
with (all due) respect
A phrase used to politely disagree with someone. With all due respect, sir, I think we could look at this situation differently. With respect, I just don't see it that way.
with respect to (someone or something)
In reference to someone or something; considering someone or something. With respect to that proposal, I think we should postpone it for now.
in some respectsand in many respects
with regard to some or many details. In some respects, Anne's comments are similar to yours. The three proposals are quite different in many respects.
pay a call
Euph. to go to the toilet; to leave to go to the toilet. (See also pay a call on someone.) Excuse me. I have to pay a call. Tom left to pay a call. He should be back soon.
pay someone respect
to honor someone; to have and show respect for someone. You really should pay your boss more respect. We have to pay our parents a lot of respect.
respect someone as something
to admire someone as something. I respect you as a friend and supervisor. We respected them all as colleagues and coworkers.
respect someone for something
to admire someone for something. I really respect George for his courage. Mary respected the company for its fine products.
with respect to someone or something
of or about someone or something. With respect to radiation, this power plant is very safe. This article examines experiments with respect to ethical issues.
in regard to
Also, as regards; in or with reference to ; with regard to; in or with respect to . Concerning, about. For example, In regard to your letter, forget it, or As regards your subscription, I'm not sure why it was canceled, or In reference to your inquiry, we'll have to pass it on to the board, or We have a few questions with regard to your recent offer, or With respect to your latest request, we'll be happy to oblige. The word reference has been used in this idiom since the late 1500s, regard from the second half of the 1400s, and respect from the first half of the 1500s. Also see relative to.
See also: regard
in respect to
Also, with respect to. See in regard to.
pay a call
Also, pay a visit; pay one's respects. Make a short visit, especially as a formal courtesy or for business reasons. For example, Bill asked her to pay a call to his ex-mother-in-law, or Each salesman was told to pay a visit to every new doctor in town, or We went to the wake to pay our respects. Also see call on, def. 2.
with all due respect
Although I think highly of you, as in With all due respect, you haven't really answered my question, or With all due respect, that account doesn't fit the facts. This phrase always precedes a polite disagreement with what a person has said or brings up a controversial point. [c. 1800]
with reference to
Also, with regard or respect to . See in regard to.
See also: reference
pay your respectsFORMAL
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.
pay a callgo to the lavatory. euphemistic
pay your respectsmake a polite visit to someone.
A similar expression is pay your last respects , meaning ‘show respect towards a dead person by attending their funeral’.
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).
in reˈspect of(formal)
1 concerning: Large increases can now be expected in respect of fuel prices.
2 in payment for something: Please state the money you have received in respect of overtime worked.
with (all due) reˈspect(formal) used before disagreeing with somebody in order to seem polite: With all due respect, Mr Jones, I cannot agree with you.
with respect to something(formal) (often used in business) concerning something; with reference to something: With respect to your enquiry about the new pension scheme, I have pleasure in enclosing our leaflet.
pay a call
in respect ofChiefly British
With respect to.