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custody

Noun

1 a state of being confined (usually for a short time); "his detention was politically motivated"; "the prisoner is on hold"; "he is in the custody of police" [syn: detention, 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; "my fate is in your hands"; "too much power in the president's hands"; "your guests are now in my custody"; "the mother was awarded custody of the children" [syn: hands]

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Pronunciation

/'kʌstədiː/ (Estuary English)

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Noun

  1. Possession of something or someone.

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