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custody

noun [U]     /ˈkʌstədi/
CHILD
the legal right to look after a child, especially when parents separate: When they divorced, it was Nicola who won custody of their two children.Parenting and caring for children
PRISON
the state of being kept in prison, usually while you are waiting for a trial in court: He is being held in custody in Los Angeles charged with assault. He was taken into custody by Mexican authorities.Putting people in prison
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