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Meaning of “pay your respects” in the English Dictionary

"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 ​payourrespects toour new ​neighbours. (also pay your last respects) to ​honour someone after ​theirdeath, usually by going to the person's ​funeral: Friends and ​relatives came to ​paytheir last ​respects to Mr Clarke.
(Definition of pay your respects from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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