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custodynoun [U]

uk   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.

custody noun [U] (PRISON)

C2 the state of being kept in prison, especially while waiting to go to court for trial: You will be remanded in custody until your trial.
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