custody

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin custodia ‎(a keeping, watch, guard, prison), from custos ‎(a keeper, watchman, guard).

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custody ‎(uncountable)

  1. The legal right to take care of something or somebody, especially children.
    The court awarded custody to the child's father.
  2. Temporary possession or care of somebody else's property.
    I couldn't pay the bill and now my passport is in custody of the hotel management.
  3. The state of being imprisoned or detained, usually pending a trial.
    He was mistreated while in police custody.

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