Meaning of custody

cus•to•dy

Pronunciation: (kus'tu-dē), [key]
— pl. -dies.
  1. keeping; guardianship; care.
  2. the keeping or charge of officers of the law: The car was held in the custody of the police.
  3. imprisonment; legal restraint: He was taken into custody.
  4. Also calledthe right of determining the residence, protection, care, and education of a minor child or children, esp. in a divorce or separation. Cf. joint custody, sole custody.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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