am·​bit | \ ˈam-bət How to pronounce ambit (audio) \

Definition of ambit

2 : the bounds or limits of a place or district
3 : a sphere of action, expression, or influence : scope

Examples of ambit in a Sentence

many feel that church leaders stray outside of their proper ambit when they make specific political endorsements
Recent Examples on the Web But the full scope of Webb’s audacious scientific ambit is best revealed through two other images—one striking and one subtle. Lee Billings, Scientific American, 12 July 2022 Both countries are now working out a payment mechanism, including a rupee-ruble arrangement and the routing of transactions through banks outside the ambit of Western sanctions. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 25 Apr. 2022 The law also leaves it up to the judge presiding over the case to decide whether the murder fell in the ambit of an honour killing, according to AFP. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 15 Feb. 2022 As one of the largest agricultural companies in the world, with revenues of more than $85 billion, ADM encompasses a wide variety of businesses, with such items as food, feed, alcohol, cosmetics, and paint in its ambit. Nushin Huq, Fortune, 18 Apr. 2022 The latest victory will likely help the BJP forge ahead with its controversial agenda, such as implementing a citizenship law that excluded Muslims from its ambit and had been pushed to the back burner after nationwide protests. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 But despite the claims of several Capitol-riot defendants that Section 1512 applies only to judicial proceedings, there is no doubt that congressional proceedings are within its ambit. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 10 Mar. 2022 What was striking about Moral Mondays was their sweeping ambit. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 7 Dec. 2021 Codeless AI infrastructure is an efficient way to reach the ambit. Shubham Mishra, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ambit

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ambit

borrowed from Latin ambitus "circuit, circumference, strip of ground around the outside of a building," from ambīre "to visit in rotation, surround, encircle" + -tus, suffix of action nouns — more at ambient entry 1

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27 Jul 2022

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“Ambit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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