custody Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “custody” in the English Dictionary

"custody" in British English

See all translations

custodynoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈkʌs.tə.di/

custody noun [U] (CARE)

C2 the ​legalright or ​duty to ​care for someone or something, ​especially a ​child after ​itsparents 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.

custody noun [U] (PRISON)

C2 the ​state of being ​kept in ​prison, ​especially while ​waiting to go to ​court for ​trial: The ​suspect is now in custody.UK You will be remanded in custody until ​yourtrial.
(Definition of custody from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"custody" in American English

See all translations

custodynoun [U]

 us   /ˈkʌs·tə·di/

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 ​courtawarded 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.
(Definition of custody from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"custody" in Business English

See all translations

custodynoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈkʌstədi/
LAW, FINANCE the ​legalright to ​manage and ​look after another person's ​money, ​investments, etc.: Investment ​advisers with ​actual custody of ​clients' ​funds pose a ​higherrisk to ​clients.
See also
(Definition of custody from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of custody?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

harvest

to pick and collect crops, or to collect plants, animals, or fish to eat

Word of the Day

In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
by Liz Walter,
September 02, 2015
Several readers have asked for information on prepositions, so I will start with a blog post that looks at an area where they are really important: travel. The first thing to remember is that we use to (and not ‘in’) after the verb go: We are going to London. I went to

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More