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Topic: CHILDREN

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: custodia 'guarding', from custos 'person who guards'

custody

noun
     
cus‧to‧dy [uncountable]
1SSC the right to take care of a child, given to one of their parents when they have divorced
custody of
He got custody of his son after the divorce.
The mother is usually awarded custody (=legally allowed to have custody).
a dispute over who should have custody of the children
The couple will retain joint custody (=they will both have custody) of their daughters.
Allen is fighting a bitter custody battle over his three children.
2SCJ when someone is kept in prison until they go to court, because the police think they have committed a crime:
The committee is looking at alternatives to custody.
in custody
the death of a man in custody
hold/keep somebody in custody
A man is being held in police custody in connection with the murder.
remand somebody in custody British English (=send someone to prison to wait until they go to court)
A man has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of a schoolgirl.
She was taken into custody as a suspect.
3 formal when someone is responsible for keeping and looking after something:
Managers are responsible for the safe custody and retention of records.
The collection of art books is now in the custody of the university.
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