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English definition of “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
(Definition of custody noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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