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  1. a sphere of operation or influence; range; scope: the ambit of such an action.

Origin of ambit

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin ambitus “a going around,” equivalent to amb- ambi- + itus “a going” (i- (stem of īre to go) + -tus suffix of verb action)

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How to use ambit in a sentence

  • Against this it was maintained that Kimberley was outside the ambit of the army's high and mighty consideration.

  • The correctional courts mentioned deal with the graver offences which are outside the ambit of the juge de paix.

    France | Gordon Cochrane Home
  • I saw for the first time an horizon as an arc suggesting how wide is our ambit.

    The Sea and the Jungle | H. M. Tomlinson
  • This simile to Nonconformity also holds good a little when we seek to ascertain the ambit of Richardson's popularity.

    Res Judicat | Augustine Birrell
  • The whole surface of my ambit was spread out like a miniature map in my eye, and continues to be.

British Dictionary definitions for ambit


/ (ˈæmbɪt) /

  1. scope or extent

  2. limits, boundary, or circumference

Origin of ambit

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

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