Definitions for ambitionæmˈbɪʃ ən

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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

Wiktionary

  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

  4. Origin: [F. ambition, L. ambitio a going around, especially of candidates for office is Rome, to solicit votes (hence, desire for office or honor), fr. ambire to go around. See Ambient, Issue.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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


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