- 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: Middle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin ambitio, a going around (to solicit votes) ; from past participle of ambire: see ambient
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- 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: Middle 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.