custody

custody
cus|to|dy [ˈkʌstədi] n [U]
[Date: 1400-1500; : Latin; Origin: custodia 'guarding', from custos 'person who guards']
1.) the right to take care of a child, given to one of their parents when they have ↑divorced
custody of
He got custody of his son after the divorce.
It is usually the mother who is awarded custody (=legally allowed to have custody) .
a dispute over who should have custody of the children
The couple will retain joint custody (=they will both have custody) of their daughters.
Allen is fighting a bitter custody battle over his three children.
2.) when someone is kept in prison until they go to court, because the police think they have committed a crime
The committee is looking at alternatives to custody.
in custody
Police are investigating the death of a man in custody.
hold/keep sb in custody
A man is being held in police custody in connection with the murder.
remand sb in custody
BrE (=send someone to prison to wait until they go to court)
A man has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of a schoolgirl.
She was taken into custody as a suspect.
3.) formal when someone is responsible for keeping and looking after something
Managers are responsible for the safe custody and retention of records.
The collection of art books is now in the custody of the university.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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