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

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Examples of ambit in a Sentence

many feel that church leaders stray outside of their proper ambit when they make specific political endorsements

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If the independent body cannot review these decisions as well, Facebook will be left with a large degree of control over what claims get ventilated and reviewed, and will be able to determine the ambit of the body’s promise of due process. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Kevin Hart tweeted himself out of a job hosting the Oscars," 8 Dec. 2018 Commuter-rail projects are outside Byford’s ambit, but the M.T.A.’s ineptitude, or worse, on large projects saps the credibility of everyone working under its aegis. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 Those are within the ambit of the Homeland Security and the Health and Human Services. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Lawsuit challenging US immigration policy on family separation may proceed, judge rules," 7 June 2018 That is a more ticklish argument: the obstruction laws are complicated and the ambit of presidential power vast. The Economist, "Donald Trump’s powers are not quite as vast as his lawyers claim," 7 June 2018 Because labor law only governs things like forming a union and organizing for better wages, anything out of that ambit, like going to court as a class, doesn’t vitiate the workers’ individual arbitration agreements. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "The Supreme Court Has Decided to Shut Workers Out of the Courthouse for Good," 21 May 2018 The ambit of crimes against women was widened to include stalking, voyeurism and acid attacks. Kamakshi Ayyar, Time, "The Men Accused of Raping and Murdering an Eight-Year-Old Girl in India Are Standing Trial. Here’s What to Know," 27 Apr. 2018 Under its ambit, white-collar cases would vie for limited resources with investigations into everything from cigarette smuggling to prison breaks. Suzi Ring,, "Britain’s White-Collar Cops Are Getting Too Good at Their Job," 1 Mar. 2018 The delegation's most substantive event may come outside of the Olympic ambit on Saturday. CBS News, "Mike Pence doesn't stand for North Korea athletes during opening ceremonies," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of ambit

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ambit

Middle English, from Latin ambitus, from ambire

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The first known use of ambit was in 1597

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English Language Learners Definition of ambit

formal : the range or limit that is covered by something (such as a law)

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