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in many respects
In many ways or aspects. In many respects, I'd love to take this job, but I'm not thrilled at the prospect of relocating. You remind me of your mother in many respects, but you're very much your own person too.
in respect of (someone or something)
1. In reference to someone or something; considering someone or something. In respect of the defense's claim that Ms. Smith acted alone, we have evidence to the contrary. Arrangments have been made in respect of the family members of the deceased.
2. As compensation for something. How much did you receive in respect of your work for the company?
in respect to (someone or something)
1. Showing deferential regard for someone or something. The entire country is observing a moment of silence in respect to the men and women who gave their lives during the war. Everyone on the road saluted in respect to the fire fighters passing by.
2. In reference to someone or something; considering someone or something. in respect to that proposal, I think we should postpone it for now. Your grandfather lists you and your eldest sister in his will, but there isn't anything here in respect to your younger sister.
in some respects
In some ways or aspects. In some respects, I'd love to take this job, but I'm not thrilled at the prospect of relocating. You remind me of your mother, sure, but only in some respects—you're very much your own person.
pay (one) respect
To demonstrate respect, honor, or admiration for one. Modifiers are often used before the word "respect." The problem with kids these days is that they don't pay their parents any respect. You should always pay respect to your elders.
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.
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.
respect (someone or something) as (something)
To have a feeling of deferential admiration, esteem, or appreciation for someone or something as a particular kind of person or thing. I really respect him as an author, but he just an insufferable jerk in person. You can't help but respect the film as a technical achievement, with effects that are far more impressive than anything we've ever witnessed before.
respect (someone or something) for (something)
1. noun A feeling of deferential admiration, esteem, or appreciation for someone or something. I have a huge amount of respect for my parents now that I'm a parent myself. You've got to have respect for a company that can create such revolutionary products.
2. verb To have a feeling of deferential admiration, esteem, or appreciation for someone or something because of a particular reason or aspect. I really respect you for how you handled that bully in class today. The engineer respected the machine for its ingenious design.
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.
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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.
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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
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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.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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’.
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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).
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.
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pay a call
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in respect ofChiefly British
With respect to.
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with all due respect
Although I give you appropriate consideration and deference. This polite little phrase, dating from 1800 or even earlier, always precedes a statement that either disagrees with what has been said or broaches a controversial point. Thus the Church Times (1978) stated, “With all due respect to your correspondents, I do not think they have answered M. J. Feaver’s question.”
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