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
holding by the police
the suspect is in 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
Synonym: hands