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Definition of "custody" []

  • The act or right of guarding, especially such a right granted by a court: an adult who was given custody of the child. (noun)
  • Care, supervision, and control exerted by one in charge. See Synonyms at care. (noun)
  • The state of being detained or held under guard, especially by the police: took the robbery suspect into custody. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "custody" in a sentence
  • "The counter in custody is not a blind spot. on September 9, 2009 at 11: 09 am Anon"
  • "There are probably even situations where not intervening against a parent slapping a child in custody is the right decision, when the child would learn from the punishment."
  • "Gates was playing with fire and 4 hours in custody is not good but not terrible – I don't think he was out of line, but the police also have their lives on the line"