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custody

cus·to·dy

custody

 
 
pronunciation:
kuh stih di
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part of speech: noun
inflections: custodies
definition 1: the legal right to take care of and control someone or something.
The father has custody of his child.
synonyms:
guardianship, keeping
similar words:
care, trust
definition 2: kept in prison by the police.
The thief is now in custody.
similar words:
detention
derivation: custodial (adj.)
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