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"custody" in British English

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custodynoun [U]

uk   /ˈkʌs.tə.di/  us   /ˈkʌs.tə.di/
  • custody noun [U] (CARE)

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