Ambition meaning

ăm-bĭshən
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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.

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The objective strongly desired.
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To seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet.

Pausanias, ambitioning the sovereignty of Greece, bargains with Xerxes for his daughter in marriage. — Trumbull.

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A desire, as in (sense 1), for another person to achieve these things.
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(countable) An object of an ardent desire.

My ambition is to own a helicopter.

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(uncountable) A personal quality similar to motivation, not necessarily tied to a single goal.
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To be ambitious for.
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(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.

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Desire for exertion or activity; energy.

Had no ambition to go dancing.

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A strong desire to gain a particular objective; specif., the drive to succeed, or to gain fame, power, wealth, etc.
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Origin of ambition

  • 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) ambient

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English ambicion, from Old French ambition, from Latin ambitio (“ambition, a striving for favor, literally 'a going around', especially of candidates for office in Rome soliciting votes”), from ambiō (“I go around, solicit votes”). See ambient, issue.

    From Wiktionary