Definition of lieu in English:

lieu

noun

in phrase in lieu
  • Instead.

    ‘the company issued additional shares to shareholders in lieu of a cash dividend’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So did it mean then that her party sister was usurping her own personal, spiritual beliefs in lieu of civic duty?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He tried to have the sentence overturned, but was offered only the option of paying a 5,000 fine in lieu of prison time.’
    • ‘There are basically two options: conditional exemption and offers in lieu.’
    • ‘Every year, he gives £500 to a chosen charity in lieu of sending out Christmas cards.’
    • ‘The Judge added that he was recommending 120 hours in lieu of two months imprisonment.’
    • ‘In the extreme some people go to jail in lieu of payment of a fine - that's extremely expensive.’
    • ‘So, in lieu of my own words, let me direct you instead to some recent offerings from my fellow citizens.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Magistrates fined him £50 or one day in lieu and said this had been served as he had been kept in custody overnight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My understanding is that insurers will pay for reconstruction but will not just pay out a cheque in lieu of same.’
    • ‘Thus, a commando unit cannot use an ambulance in lieu of a jeep to conceal its activities.’
    as an alternative, as a substitute, as a replacement, in lieu, alternatively
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Origin

Middle English: via French from Latin locus place.

Pronunciation:

lieu

/lo͞o/