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English definition of “pay your respects”

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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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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