[ noun ] (often used with `pay') a formal expression of esteem


"he paid his respects to the mayor"

Used in print

(Bell I. Wiley, "Home Letters of Johnny Reb and Billy...)

When you see them again give them my love - not best respects now , but love by God '' .

(Peter J. White, "Report on Laos"...)

The Prime_Minister paid his respects to the Buddhist monks , strode rapidly among the houses , joked with the local soldiery , and made a speech .

(Irving Fineman, Woman of Valor: The Life of Henrietta...)

This included Mamma , jolly , generous , and pretty , with whom they all fell_in_love , just as Papa had first fallen_in_love with her Mamma before he chose her ; and when a young_man like Morris_Jastrow had enjoyed the Szold hospitality , he felt obliged to send his respects and his gifts not merely to Henrietta , in whom he was really interested , but to all the Szold girls and Mamma .

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