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"custody" in British English

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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.
(Definition of custody from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"custody" in American English

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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

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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.
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(Definition of custody from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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