Definitions for ambitionæmˈbɪʃ ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

am•bi•tionæmˈbɪʃ ən(n.)

  1. an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as wealth or fame, and the willingness to strive for it.

  2. the object or state desired or sought after:

    A theatrical career is her ambition.

  3. a desire for work or activity:

    I awoke feeling tired and lacking in ambition.

  4. (v.t.)to seek after earnestly; aspire to.

Origin of ambition:

1300–50; ME (< MF) < L ambitiō orig., canvassing for votes =ambi-, var. s. of ambīre (see ambient ) +-tiō -tion

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ambition, aspiration, dream(noun)

    a cherished desire

    "his ambition is to own his own business"

  2. ambition, ambitiousness(verb)

    a strong drive for success

  3. ambition(verb)

    have as one's ambition

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ambition(noun)æmˈbɪʃ ən

    a desire to achieve

    his lack of ambition

  2. ambitionæmˈbɪʃ ən

    sth you want to achieve

    her ambition to become a pilot; his ambition of owning a restaurant


  1. ambition(Noun)

    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.

  2. ambition(Noun)

    An object of an ardent desire.

    My ambition is to own a helicopter.

  3. ambition(Noun)

    A desire, as in (sense 1), for another person to achieve these things.

  4. ambition(Noun)

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

  5. ambition(Verb)

    To seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet.

    Pausanias, ambitioning the sovereignty of Greece, bargains with Xerxes for his daughter in marriage. uE000106558uE001 Trumbull.

  6. Origin: From ambicion, from ambition, from ambitio, from ambio. See ambient, issue.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ambition(noun)

    the act of going about to solicit or obtain an office, or any other object of desire; canvassing

  2. Ambition(noun)

    an eager, and sometimes an inordinate, desire for preferment, honor, superiority, power, or the attainment of something

  3. Ambition(verb)

    to seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ambition' in Nouns Frequency: #1648

Translations for ambition

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the desire for success, fame, power etc

He is full of ambition and energy.

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