Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “custody”


noun [U]     /ˈkʌstədi/
LAW, FINANCE the legal right to manage and look after another person's money, investments, etc.: Investment advisers with actual custody of clients' funds pose a higher risk to clients.
→ See also safe custody
(Definition of custody noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of custody

More Business English definitions for “custody”

Definitions of “custody” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


a document given to students or reporters which contains information about a particular subject

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More