Ambition Definition

ăm-bĭshən
ambitions
noun
ambitions
A strong desire to gain a particular objective; specif., the drive to succeed, or to gain fame, power, wealth, etc.
Webster's New World
The objective strongly desired.
Webster's New World
Desire for exertion or activity; energy.
Had no ambition to go dancing.
American Heritage

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

Wiktionary
verb
To be ambitious for.
Webster's New World

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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Other Word Forms of Ambition

Noun

Singular:
ambition
Plural:
ambitions

Origin of Ambition

  • 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

  • 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

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