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custody noun definition in Legal processes topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

custody

 noun: Legal processes topic
the 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.

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