Meaning of “pay your respects” in the English Dictionary

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"pay your respects" in British English

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pay your respects

formal

to visit someone in order to welcome or talk to them:

We went to pay our respects to our new neighbours.

also pay your last respects to honour someone after their death, usually by going to the person's funeral:

Friends and relatives came to pay their last respects to Mr Clarke.

(Definition of “pay your respects” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)