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 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, "‘The Good American’: One man struggled to make the world right," 10 Nov. 2020 Its widening ambit could redefine the relationship between foreign companies and the U.S. government. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "How the secretive CFIUS became a powerful weapon in the trade wars," 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, "The meaning of Amy Coney Barrett in the arc of feminism," 28 Sep. 2020 Under the Westfall Act, as construed by federal courts, the ambit of official acts is extremely broad. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Why Government Lawyers Are Defending Trump," 12 Sep. 2020 The survey found that nearly all marriages continue to take place within the ambit of the Hindu caste system — a discriminatory social order based on an identity determined at birth. Niha Masih, Washington Post, "In the spotlight with a Netflix show, India’s elite matchmakers reinvent an age-old tradition," 25 Aug. 2020 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

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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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The first known use of ambit was in 1597

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“Ambit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 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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