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 Of course, the salient issue is the ambit of the president’s duties. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Can Trump Assert Executive Privilege over His Conversations with Corey Lewandowski?," 17 Sep. 2019 For all the official hoopla surrounding the level of care supposedly available to suffering detainees in its ambit, Krome, like most other detainee facilities, operates far out of range of sustained public and media scrutiny. Ken Silverstein, The New Republic, "Shock Corridor," 19 Aug. 2019 The nature and ambit of India’s proposed social exchange, though, awaits clarity. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Are Indian social enterprises ready to benefit from the proposed social stock exchange?," 8 July 2019 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

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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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“Ambit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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