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
Recent Examples on the Web Some tax experts suggest that a sale should not be included within the ambit of the Van Hollen proposal, so it won’t be taxed. Martin Shenkman, Forbes, 27 May 2021 Note that the burden of proof, and ultimately on persuasion, is upon the defendant to show that the speech or conduct which is the subject of the cause of action falls within the ambit of the UPEPA's scope. Jay Adkisson, Forbes, 11 May 2021 Gradually, Charles widens the ambit of his life to include the end of the block and even the park around the corner., 28 Apr. 2021 And the literal name-checking of Moses figures within its ambit clearly springs from the same intellectually homogenizing impulse. Adolph Reed Jr., The New Republic, 17 Feb. 2021 The goal of international climate policy might be atmospheric stabilization, but that exceeds the ambit of any one country or president. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 26 Jan. 2021 Kaplan’s book follows Gersony all through the rolling ambit of his world travels, and thanks to Kaplan’s own considerable narrative gifts, those journeys are as vivid and compelling as any travelogue. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Nov. 2020 Its widening ambit could redefine the relationship between foreign companies and the U.S. government. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, 19 Oct. 2020 And an originalist justice with a limited view of the judiciary's ambit, which is what Barrett promises to be, is probably not going to be the leader that this effort needs, however much her personal story seems to embody its purposes. Ross Douthat New York Times, Star Tribune, 28 Sep. 2020

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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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9 Jun 2021

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“Ambit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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