Range, scope, the boundary of something. Can be used to mean the extent of influence of a person or thing.


Late Middle English; the first known use of the word was in 1597. The word, which comes from the Latin “ambitus,” meaning circuit, and “ambire,” which means to go around, is rarely used today.

Why this word?

The word “ambit” has an academic, slightly high-class feel about it. It’s an excellent substitute for your usual “reach” or “limit,” as well as being a useful addition to your vocabulary.

“Ambit” also has a somewhat more specific meaning than similar words. While other words like “range” or “reach” mean a sort of general extent, “ambit” means the reach or scope of influence of a particular thing or person. So next time you’re about to say something along the lines of “Check out the reach of that guy’s influence,” save yourself a few words and say “ambit” instead.

How to use Ambit?

This word works great for when you’re talking about a person or thing’s influence or authority. “The proposed law would have too wide an ambit.” “He was overstepping the ambit of his authority in that matter.”


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Written by Hani Skutch

Hani Skutch is a copywriter and editor – and a stand-up comedian to boot. Since earning a BS in advertising and an MSW in social work, Hani, currently a content manager for a high-tech company, has created websites for medical device companies, written content for the travel industry, edited encyclopedia articles for a publishing company, drafted speeches and toasts, worked in a sandwich shop, taught archery, and been employed to watch for shoplifters.

As a comedian, Hani enjoys performing to audiences of all types: religious affiliation, political affinity, and frequent flyer status make no difference. Hani has performed in a number of venues in the United States and Israel, and she headlines regularly at Jerusalem's Off the Wall Comedy Basement.

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