Definition of custody noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkʌstədi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌstədi//
    [uncountable] Prison, Legal processes, Separation
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  1. 1the legal right or duty to take care of or keep somebody/something; the act of taking care of something/somebody Who will have custody of the children? The divorce court awarded custody to the child's mother. The parents were locked in a bitter battle for custody. The bank provides safe custody for valuables. The castle is now in the custody of the state. CollocationsMarriage and divorceRomance fall/​be (madly/​deeply/​hopelessly) in love (with somebody) be/​believe in/​fall in love at first sight be/​find true love/​the love of your life suffer (from) (the pains/​pangs of) unrequited love have/​feel/​show/​express great/​deep/​genuine affection for somebody/​something meet/​marry your husband/​wife/​partner/​fiancé/fiancée/​boyfriend/​girlfriend have/​go on a (blind) date be going out with/(especially North American English) dating a guy/​girl/​boy/​man/​woman move in with/​live with your boyfriend/​girlfriend/​partnerWeddings get/​be engaged/​married/​divorced arrange/​plan a wedding have a big wedding/​a honeymoon/​a happy marriage have/​enter into an arranged marriage call off/​cancel/​postpone your wedding invite somebody to/​go to/​attend a wedding/​a wedding ceremony/​a wedding reception conduct/​perform a wedding ceremony exchange rings/​wedding vows/​marriage vows congratulate/​toast/​raise a glass to the happy couple be/​go on honeymoon (with your wife/​husband) celebrate your first (wedding) anniversarySeparation and divorce be unfaithful to/(informal) cheat on your husband/​wife/​partner/​fiancé/fiancée/​boyfriend/​girlfriend have an affair (with somebody) break off/​end an engagement/​a relationship break up with/​split up with/ (informal) dump your boyfriend/​girlfriend separate from/​be separated from/​leave/​divorce your husband/​wife annul/​dissolve a marriage apply for/​ask for/​go through/​get a divorce get/​gain/​be awarded/​have/​lose custody of the children pay alimony/​child support (to your ex-wife/​husband) See related entries: Legal processes, Separation
  2. 2the state of being in prison, especially while waiting for trial After the riot, 32 people were taken into police custody. (British English) He was remanded in custody, charged with the murder of a policeman. see also youth custody See related entries: Prison
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin custodia, from custos ‘guardian’.Extra examples If valuables are placed in the safe, the hotel is responsible for their safe custody. She will remain in custody while reports are prepared about her mental condition. The children were under protective custody. The man died while in police custody. The opposition leader has been taken into protective custody. The parents were given joint custody of the two children. They did not have enough evidence to place her under custody. They try to keep young people out of custody. a bitter child custody dispute
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