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Meaning of CUSTODY

Pronunciation:  'kustudee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (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"
  2. [n]  holding by the police; "the suspect is in custody"
  3. [n]  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"

CUSTODY is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: detention, hands, hold
 See Also: confinement, guardianship, imprisonment, internment, keeping, safekeeping



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cus"to*dy\ (k?s"t?-d?), n. [L. custodia, fr. custos
guard; prob. akin to Gr. ?????? to hide, and E. hide. See
{Hide} to cover.]
1. A keeping or guarding; care, watch, inspection, for
   keeping, preservation, or security.

         A fleet of thirty ships for the custody of the
         narrow seas.                          --Bacon.

2. Judicial or penal safe-keeping.

         Jailer, take him to thy custody.      --Shak.

3. State of being guarded and watched to prevent escape;
   restraint of liberty; confinement; imprisonment.

         What pease will be given To us enslaved, but custody
         severe, And stripes and arbitrary punishment?

Legal Dictionary
 Definition: Detaining of a person by lawful process or authority to assure his or her appearance to any hearing; the jailing or imprisonment of a person convicted of a crime.
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