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Meaning & Definition of Custody in English

English

Custody

/kəstədi/

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"
    synonym:
  • detention
  • ,
  • detainment
  • ,
  • hold
  • ,
  • custody

2. Holding by the police

  • "The suspect is in custody"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • hands
  • ,
  • custody

Examples of using

The police held him in custody.