circumference; circuit.
boundary; limit.
a sphere of operation or influence; range; scope: the ambit of such an action.

Nearby words

  1. ambisextrous,
  2. ambisexual,
  3. ambisinister,
  4. ambisonics,
  5. ambisyllabic,
  6. ambitendency,
  7. ambition,
  8. ambitious,
  9. ambitiously,
  10. ambivalence

Origin of ambit

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin ambitus a going around, equivalent to amb- ambi- + itus a going (i- (stem of īre to go) + -tus suffix of v. action) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ambit

British Dictionary definitions for ambit



scope or extent
limits, boundary, or circumference

Word Origin for ambit

C16: from Latin ambitus a going round, from ambīre to go round, from ambi- + īre to go

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Word Origin and History for ambit



late 14c., "space surrounding a building or town; precinct;" 1590s, "a circuit," from Latin ambitus "a going round," past participle of ambire "to go round, to go about" (see ambient).

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