- The definition of ambition is motivation or a strong urge to achieve something.
An example of someone who has ambition is an ice skater who practices for hours each day in hopes of competing in the Olympics.
- a strong desire to gain a particular objective; specif., the drive to succeed, or to gain fame, power, wealth, etc.
- the objective strongly desired
Origin of ambitionMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin ambitio, a going around (to solicit votes) ; from past participle of ambire: see ambient
- a. An eager or strong desire to achieve something, such as fame or power.b. The object or goal desired: Her ambition is the presidency.
- Desire for exertion or activity; energy: had no ambition to go dancing.
Origin of ambitionMiddle English ambicioun, excessive desire for honor, power, or wealth, from Old French ambition, from Latin ambitiō, ambitiōn-, from ambitus, past participle of ambīre, to go around (for votes); see ambient.
(usually uncountable, plural ambitions)
- (uncountable, countable) Eager or inordinate desire for some object that confers distinction, as preferment, honor, superiority, political power, or literary fame; desire to distinguish one's self from other people.
- My son, John, wants to be a firefighter very much. He has a lot of ambition.
- (countable) An object of an ardent desire.
- My ambition is to own a helicopter.
- A desire, as in (sense 1), for another person to achieve these things.
- (uncountable) A personal quality similar to motivation, not necessarily tied to a single goal.
(third-person singular simple present ambitions, present participle ambitioning, simple past and past participle ambitioned)
- To seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet.
- Pausanias, ambitioning the sovereignty of Greece, bargains with Xerxes for his daughter in marriage. — Trumbull.