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noun [uncountable] custody pronunciation in British English /ˈkʌstədi/
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  1. 1
    legal the legal right to look after a child
    The parents have joint custody of their children (=both parents will look after the children).
    The girl’s father was awarded sole custody.
  2. 2
    legal a situation in which someone is kept in prison until they go to court for trial
    be in custody: One of the men detained is still in custody.
    hold/keep someone in custody: Suspects can be kept in police custody for up to 48 hours.
    take someone into custody: The suspect had been taken into custody and was being questioned.
  3. 3
    the protection or care of someone or something
    in someone’s custody: The files in question are in the custody of the FBI.

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