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custody

noun [U]  /ˈkʌs·tə·di/ us  

custody noun [U] (CARE)

the right or duty to care for someone or something, as for a child whose parents have separated or died: The court awarded custody of the child to the mother.

custody noun [U] (BEING KEPT BY POLICE)

the state of being kept by the police, usually while waiting to go to court for trial: The police have taken the suspect into custody.
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