Definition of lieu in English:


Pronunciation /ljuː//luː/


in lieu
  • Instead.

    ‘the company issued additional shares to shareholders in lieu of a cash dividend’
    • ‘The gig was fine, and in lieu of sandwiches we got a rather nice meal in the tapas bar that's in the theatre complex.’
    • ‘The donations were made in lieu of presents on the occasion of her 70th birthday.’
    • ‘Every year, he gives £500 to a chosen charity in lieu of sending out Christmas cards.’
    • ‘This is in lieu of not being able to attend his wake in Cape Town, which I am sure will be a well-attended one.’
    • ‘He doesn't say how much the mostly unspecified taxes he calls for in lieu of the bonds would cost.’
    • ‘He tried to have the sentence overturned, but was offered only the option of paying a 5,000 fine in lieu of prison time.’
    • ‘Lots of short sentences and interesting punctuation in lieu of actually having anything remotely engaging to say.’
    • ‘We are prepared to pay the double time and give them the time off in lieu, but we insist that public holidays are just like any other days of the year.’
    • ‘Thus, a commando unit cannot use an ambulance in lieu of a jeep to conceal its activities.’
    • ‘Magistrates fined him £50 or one day in lieu and said this had been served as he had been kept in custody overnight.’
    • ‘So did it mean then that her party sister was usurping her own personal, spiritual beliefs in lieu of civic duty?’
    • ‘So in lieu of a proper beginning here are a few things which I might have arranged more coherently into a beginning if I had the skill.’
    • ‘The pipers, in lieu of being able to play in the stadium, are going to set up and play outside the venue before the match.’
    • ‘There are basically two options: conditional exemption and offers in lieu.’
    • ‘The Judge added that he was recommending 120 hours in lieu of two months imprisonment.’
    • ‘So, in lieu of my own words, let me direct you instead to some recent offerings from my fellow citizens.’
    • ‘In the extreme some people go to jail in lieu of payment of a fine - that's extremely expensive.’
    • ‘My understanding is that insurers will pay for reconstruction but will not just pay out a cheque in lieu of same.’
    • ‘As a result, the family requested mourners to make donations to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance appeal in lieu of flowers.’
    • ‘The fact that the debts are not secured on your house means that creditors do not have any automatic right to take your house in lieu of payment.’
    as an alternative, as a substitute, as a replacement, in lieu, alternatively
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Middle English: via French from Latin locus ‘place’.