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custody

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Noun custody has 3 senses
  1. detention, hold, custody - 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"
    --1 is a kind of confinement
  2. custody - holding by the police; "the suspect is in custody"
    --2 is a kind of
    imprisonment, internment
  3. hands, custody - (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"
    --3 is a kind of guardianship, keeping, safekeeping
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