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Noun: custody  kús-tu-dee
  1. A state of being confined (usually for a short time)
    "he is in the custody of police";
    - detention, detainment, hold
  2. Holding by the police
    "the suspect is in custody"
  3. (with 'in') guardianship over; in divorce cases it is the right to house and care for and discipline a child
    "your guests are now in my custody"; "the mother was awarded custody of the children";
    - hands

Derived forms: custodies

Type of: confinement, guardianship, imprisonment, internment, keeping, safekeeping

Encyclopedia: Custody