Definitions for: Custody


[n] (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"
[n] holding by the police; "the suspect is in custody"
[n] 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"



Webster (1913) Definition: Cus"to*dy (k?s"t?-d?), n. [L. custodia, fr. custos
guard; prob. akin to Gr. ?????? to hide, and E. hide. See
Hide to cover.]
1. A keeping or guarding; care, watch, inspection, for
keeping, preservation, or security.

A fleet of thirty ships for the custody of the
narrow seas. --Bacon.

2. Judicial or penal safe-keeping.

Jailer, take him to thy custody. --Shak.



3. State of being guarded and watched to prevent escape;
restraint of liberty; confinement; imprisonment.

What pease will be given To us enslaved, but custody
severe, And stripes and arbitrary punishment?
--Milton.

Synonyms: detention, hands, hold

See Also: confinement, guardianship, imprisonment, internment, keeping, safekeeping

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