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English definition of “custody”

custody

noun [U] (CARE)    /ˈkʌs.tə.di/
C2 the legal right or duty to care for someone or something, especially a child after its parents have separated or died: The court awarded/granted/gave custody of the child to the father. The mother got/received custody of the child. The parents were given joint custody.Parenting and caring for children
(Definition of custody noun (CARE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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