What does custody mean?

Definitions for custody
ˈkʌs tə dicus·tody

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. detention, detainment, hold, custodynoun

    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"

  2. custodynoun

    holding by the police

    "the suspect is in custody"

  3. hands, custodynoun

    (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"

Wiktionary

  1. custodynoun

    The legal right to take care of something or somebody, especially children.

    The court awarded custody to the child's father.

  2. custodynoun

    Temporary possession or care of somebody else's property.

    I couldn't pay the bill and now my passport is in custody of the hotel management.

  3. custodynoun

    The state of being imprisoned or detained, usually pending a trial.

    He was mistreated while in police custody.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Custodynoun

    a keeping or guarding; care, watch, inspection, for keeping, preservation, or security

    Etymology: [L. custodia, fr. custos guard; prob. akin to Gr. to hide, and E. hide. Seee Hide to cover.]

  2. Custodynoun

    judicial or penal safe-keeping

    Etymology: [L. custodia, fr. custos guard; prob. akin to Gr. to hide, and E. hide. Seee Hide to cover.]

  3. Custodynoun

    state of being guarded and watched to prevent escape; restraint of liberty; confinement; imprisonment

    Etymology: [L. custodia, fr. custos guard; prob. akin to Gr. to hide, and E. hide. Seee Hide to cover.]

Freebase

  1. Custody

    Custody is a 2007 Lifetime television movie, starring Rob Morrow, James Denton, and Kay Panabaker about a widower's fight for custody of his stepdaughter when her birth father who abandoned her returns. Aired on September 8, 2007. It was filmed in and around Ottawa, ON on locations such as the University of Ottawa, Rideau Canal, and Le Chateau Montebello. It was based on the book "Figures of Echo", by Mary S. Herczog.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Custody

    kus′to-di, n. a watching or guarding: care: security: imprisonment.—adj. Custō′dial.—ns. Custō′dian, Cus′tode, Custō′dier, Cus′tos, one who has care, esp. of some public building. [L. custodia, from custos, custodis, a keeper.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. custody

    1. The responsibility for the control of, transfer and movement of, and access to, weapons and components. Custody also includes the maintenance of accountability for weapons and components. 2. Temporary restraint of a person.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'custody' in Nouns Frequency: #2308

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of custody in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of custody in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of custody in a Sentence

  1. Southern Command:

    This change in leadership will not interrupt the safe, humane, legal care and custody provided to the detainee population at GTMO.

  2. Lee Wolosky:

    The last U.S. citizen who fell into the custody of the Kim regime returned home maimed from torture and did not survive, we have received no assurances from the U.S. government about the safety and security of the U.S. nationals it is now targeting.

  3. Lee Wolosky:

    The last Lee Wolosky citizen who fell into the custody of the Kim regime returned home maimed from torture and did not survive. We have received no assurances from the Lee Wolosky government about the safety and security of the Lee Wolosky nationals it is now targeting.

  4. Gilberto Valle:

    Valle gave Mangan full custody of their daughter while he was ensnared in the cannibalism fantasy case. Following his exoneration, he filed court papers in Nevada -- where Mangan now lives -- seeking visitation with his daughter. But Valle decided to drop the case last month after a judge told him he must pay his ex-wife’s attorney fees, the Daily News reported late Sunday. Valle admitted to spending $50,000 so far on the legal battle, and said he couldn’t afford any more. I've been completely cleared but that doesn't mean my life is back to normal, this is going to stick with me for the rest of my life. He added: I argued it's in the child's best interest to have a father. Kathleen argued, 'He might murder my daughter.' I don't think she really thinks that. The newspaper said Mangan and her lawyer are not responding to requests for comment. We have great concern that Ms. Mangan will be forced into a co-parenting relationship with a man who will continue to traumatize her through his very public persona as the 'Cannibal Cop,' her attorney had previously written in court papers. Valle, who now reportedly works in construction, recentlypublished his first book.

  5. Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe:

    At this point, we're going to work with all our agencies and all of our partners, and there will be no rest until he's taken into custody.

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  • حبسArabic
  • Sorgerecht, Obhut, Haft, Verwahrung, AufbewahrungGerman
  • hallussapito, pidätys, huoltajuus, huostaFinnish
  • gardeFrench
  • 保管, 養育権, 預かりJapanese
  • 拘留Korean
  • omsorgsrettNorwegian
  • omsorgsrettNorwegian Nynorsk
  • попече́ние, опе́ка, заключе́ние, содержа́ние, содержание под стражей, хранениеRussian
  • vesayet, gözaltına alınmak, sorumluluk, gözaltıTurkish

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