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Dictionary definition for: Custody

1. (n) 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"

2. (n) holding by the police; "the suspect is in custody"

3. (n) (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

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