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CUSTODY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does custody mean? 

CUSTODY (noun)
  The noun CUSTODY has 3 senses:

1. a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
2. holding by the police
3. (with 'in') guardianship over; in divorce cases it is the right to house and care for and discipline a child

  Familiarity information: CUSTODY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CUSTODY (noun)


Sense 1custody [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A state of being confined (usually for a short time)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

custody; detainment; detention; hold

Context examples:

his detention was politically motivated / the prisoner is on hold / he is in the custody of police

Hypernyms ("custody" is a kind of...):

confinement (the state of being confined)


Sense 2custody [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Holding by the police

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

the suspect is in custody

Hypernyms ("custody" is a kind of...):

imprisonment; internment (the act of confining someone in a prison (or as if in a prison))


Sense 3custody [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(with 'in') guardianship over; in divorce cases it is the right to house and care for and discipline a child

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

hands; custody

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("custody" is a kind of...):

guardianship; keeping; safekeeping (the responsibility of a guardian or keeper)


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