Definition of custody in English:

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custody

Pronunciation: /ˈkəstədē/

noun

1The protective care or guardianship of someone or something: the property was placed in the custody of a trustee
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  • Some of the culture clash between care and custody can be dealt with.
  • The pair will be disqualified from having custody or care of farm animals for five years.
  • On the same day, the society's motion for temporary care and custody was dismissed.
1.1Imprisonment: my father was being taken into custody
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  • She was handcuffed and taken into custody, and then taken for medical treatment.
  • All 19 men were taken into custody and transferred to a detention centre in Fallujah.
  • Most were taken into custody during the international armed conflict in Afghanistan.
1.2 Law Parental responsibility, especially as allocated to one of two divorcing parents: he was trying to get custody of their child
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  • In a divorce, fathers control custody of sons over the age of two and daughters over the age of seven.
  • Both the applicant and the respondent were seeking sole custody of the children.
  • In Burns, the mother had full custody of two children and the parents shared custody of a third child.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin custodia, from custos 'guardian'.

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Syllabification: cus·to·dy

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