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ambit

[am-bit]
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noun
  1. circumference; circuit.
  2. boundary; limit.
  3. a sphere of operation or influence; range; scope: the ambit of such an action.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for ambit

ambit

noun
  1. scope or extent
  2. limits, boundary, or circumference
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Word Origin

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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