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scope (extent)

Definition:

an area in which something acts or operates, or has power or control

Class:

attribute noun (attributes of people and objects)

Derivative:

scopal

Plural:

scopes

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

within the scope of an investigation

Synonyms:

ambit | compass | orbit | range | reach

Etymology:

Italian scopo from Latin scopus, goal, target from Greek skopos, a mark, spy,...
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

All senses of scope...

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

ambit

scope or extent | limits, boundary, or circumference (7 of 489 words, 2 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ambit

Wikipedia:

Ambit [disambiguation]

means scope or range; a sphere of influence. Boundary. Ambit can refer to: Ubee Interactive (Formerly: Ambit Broadband), a producer of cable modem, ADSL, and IPTV products. | Ambit (magazine), a literary magazine. | Ambit claim, an extravagant initial ... (37 of 123 words, 5 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

ambit | scope [synonym, sense-specific] | circuit [synonym, sense-specific] | compass [synonym, sense-specific] | range [synonym, sense-specific] | amplitude [synonym, sense-specific] | breadth [synonym, sense-specific] | confines [synonym, sense-specific] | dimension [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

"circuit", "compass" | the bounds or limits of a place or district | a sphere of action, expression, or influence; "scope" (19 of 104 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ambit

Oxford Dictionary:

ambit [singular]

the scope, extent, or bounds of something (7 of 55 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ambit

ambit

Syllabification: (am·bit) | [singular] | the scope, extent, or bounds of something (10 of 50 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/ambit

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ambit [singular, formal]

the range within which something, especially a rule or law, is effective or has power (15 of 40 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ambit

Wiktionary:

ambit | ambits [plural]

The sphere or area of control and influence of something. | A circuit, or a boundary around a property. | A span of actions, thoughts, or words. (25 of 34 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ambit

American Heritage Dictionary:

ambit

An external boundary; a circuit. | Sphere or scope. (8 of 29 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ambit

Cambridge Dictionary:

ambit [formal]

the range or limits of influence of something (8 of 28 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ambit

Random House Dictionary:

ambit

circumference; circuit. | boundary; limit. | a sphere of operation or influence; range; scope. (12 of 26 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/ambit

New World Dictionary:

ambit

a circuit or circumference | the limits or scope; bounds (9 of 24 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ambit

Britannica Encyclopedia:

orbit [astronomy]

in astronomy, path of a body revolving around an attracting centre of mass, as a planet around the Sun or a satellite around a planet. In the 17th ... (28 of 572 words, 6 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/431123​/orbit

Columbia Encyclopedia:

orbit | eccentricity

in astronomy, path in space described by a body revolving about a second body where the motion of the orbiting bodies is dominated by their mutual ... (26 of 51 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0836783​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

ambit | ambits [plural]

the scope, extent, or limits of something (7 of 37 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861585057​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

scope | scoped [past tense] | scoping [present participle]

Origin: Italian scopo from Latin scopus, goal, target from Greek skopos, a mark, spy, watcher from base of skopein, to see, ... (20 of 37 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scope

Collins Dictionary:

scope | -scope

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Italian scopo goal, from Latin scopus, from Greek skopos target; related to Greek skopein to watch | from New Latin ... (22 of 31 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/scope

Oxford Dictionary:

scope | scope something out

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: (in the sense "target for shooting at"): from Italian scopo "aim", from Greek skopos "target", from skeptesthai "look out". "... ... (23 of 30 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/scope

American Heritage Dictionary:

scope | scoped [past tense] | scoping [present participle] | scopes [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Italian scopo, aim, purpose, from Greek skopos, target, aim; see spek- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/scope

Merriam-Webster:

scope

Origin: New Latin -scopium, from Greek -skopion; akin to Greek skeptesthai

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/scope show=1

scope [entry 1, noun]

First use: about 1555

Origin: Italian scopo purpose, goal, from Greek skopos; akin to Greek skeptesthai to watch, look at

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/scope

scope [entry 3, verb] | scoped [past tense] | scoping [present participle]

First use: 1974

Origin: perhaps from scope

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/scope show=2

Encarta Dictionary:

scope

Origin: modern Latin -scopium from Greek skopein "look, see" from Indo-European

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861702690​/definition​.html  [offline]

scope [entry 1] | scoped [past tense] | scoping [present participle] | scopes [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Italian scopo "aim, purpose" from Greek skopos "target"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861702689​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

scope | scopes [plural] | scoped [past tense] | scoping [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "scope"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/scope

Collins Dictionary:

scope | -scope

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "scope"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/scope

Macmillan British Dictionary:

scope [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "scope"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/scope

scope [transitive, United States, informal, verb] | scoped [past tense] | scoping [present participle] | scopes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "scope"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/scope 10

Macmillan American Dictionary:

scope [uncountable, noun]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "scope"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/scope

scope [transitive, informal, verb] | scoped [past tense] | scoping [present participle] | scopes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "scope"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/scope 10

Cambridge Dictionary:

scope [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "scope"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "scope"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/scope 1

the Free Dictionary:

scope

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "scope"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "scope"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "scope" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/scope

Google Dictionary:

scope | scopes [plural] | scoped [past tense] | scoping [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "scope"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=scope

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

scope

Audio: North American pronunciation of "scope"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=scope​001 word=scope

YourDictionary Audio:

scope

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "scope" by speech synthesizer

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