Definition of lieu in English:


Pronunciation /ljuː//luː/


in lieu
  • Instead.

    ‘the company issued additional shares to shareholders in lieu of a cash dividend’
    • ‘There are basically two options: conditional exemption and offers in lieu.’
    • ‘So did it mean then that her party sister was usurping her own personal, spiritual beliefs in lieu of civic duty?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He tried to have the sentence overturned, but was offered only the option of paying a 5,000 fine in lieu of prison time.’
    • ‘As a result, the family requested mourners to make donations to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance appeal in lieu of flowers.’
    • ‘Thus, a commando unit cannot use an ambulance in lieu of a jeep to conceal its activities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So, in lieu of my own words, let me direct you instead to some recent offerings from my fellow citizens.’
    • ‘The donations were made in lieu of presents on the occasion of her 70th birthday.’
    • ‘Lots of short sentences and interesting punctuation in lieu of actually having anything remotely engaging to say.’
    • ‘He doesn't say how much the mostly unspecified taxes he calls for in lieu of the bonds would cost.’
    • ‘Every year, he gives £500 to a chosen charity in lieu of sending out Christmas cards.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Judge added that he was recommending 120 hours in lieu of two months imprisonment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Magistrates fined him £50 or one day in lieu and said this had been served as he had been kept in custody overnight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    as an alternative, as a substitute, as a replacement, in lieu, alternatively
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Middle English: via French from Latin locus ‘place’.