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1. One that has charge of something; a caretaker: the custodian of a minor child's estate; the custodian of an absentee landlord's property.
2. A janitor: worked nights as custodian of a high school.

cus·to′di·an·ship′ n.
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1. the condition of being a custodian
2. (Law) (in Britain) a legal basis for the care of children under the Children's Act 1975, midway between fostering and adoption, devised for children settled in long-term foster care or living permanently with relatives or a step-parent
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Noun1.custodianship - the position of custodian
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
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TheKing affirmed that Jordan will continue upholding its historical role insafeguarding Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, in accordance withthe Hashemite Custodianship.
"However, the custodianship still holds the reins of power.
AMMAN, Nov 6 (KUNA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday reiterated Israel's respect for the Hashemite custodianship of the holy sites in Jerusalem, according to a statement by Royal Diwan of Jordan.
"We are also sure that he will make it a consideration that these traditions should continue to be respected by whomever he passes his custodianship to.
Dr Khater Massaad, CEO of Rakia, told Gulf News "We have just received custodianship over the La Hoya Bay and will hopefully this week plan how the project is to be financed making sure none of the investors lose their money.
Shona, who has a degree in German, spotted the castle vacancy while working as a sales co-ordinator in North Shields and shares the custodianship with colleague Susan Wilkinson.
In Jerusalem, Habbash said His Majesty's name is connected to the Hashemite Custodianship, stressing that Jordan is the first defender of the Palestinian cause.
The statement asserted the rejection to place Christians under the mercy of any domestic party or the custodianship of any foreign axis.
So, although he is endeavouring to make political capital out of the crisis, making grand gestures and pumping billions of pounds into the failed system, his poor custodianship of the economy precipitated the precarious position that we now find ourselves in.
At the end of the ceremony, a documentary was displayed on the independence story, and the Hashemite custodianship over Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.
He underlined that he shall fully undergo his legal duty, saying he is part of a political team believing in a free, sovereign and independent state that should be outside the custodianship of what he termed as a "statelet." The Minister also wished that the entire political spectrum were represented in the new government; however, he said he shall represent the Lebanese forces in the new cabinet since their viewpoint towards the concept of a state is similar.
"His Majesty's donation is a practical implementation of the Hashemite custodianship over Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem and reflects the King's personal commitment to the security and future of the holy city," said Patriarch Theophilos III in a press release issued on Monday.