ambit

[am-bit]

noun

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

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)
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ambit

noun

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
n.

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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