What does ambition mean?

Definitions for ambition
æmˈbɪʃ ənam·bi·tion

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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.

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

  2. ambition(Noun)

    An object of an ardent desire.

    My ambition is to own a helicopter.

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

  3. ambition(Noun)

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

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

  4. ambition(Noun)

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

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

  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.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Ambition(noun)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Ambition(verb)

    to seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet

    Etymology: [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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ambition

    am-bish′un, n. the desire of power, honour, fame, excellence.—n. Ambi′tionist (Carlyle), an ambitious man.—adj. Ambi′tious, full of ambition (with of, formerly for): strongly desirous of anything—esp. power: aspiring: indicating ambition: showy or pretentious.—adv. Ambi′tiously.—n. Ambi′tiousness. [Fr.—L. ambition-em, the going about—that is, the canvassing for votes practised by candidates for office in Rome—ambi, about, and īre, itum, to go.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ambition

    In a military sense, signifies a desire of greater posts or honors. Every person in the army or navy ought to have a spirit of emulation to arrive at the very summit of the profession by his personal merit.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ambition in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ambition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of ambition in a Sentence

  1. John Adams:

    We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.

  2. Jessica Chastain:

    I think every woman is a strong woman. I think that in the past, we've connected strength, leadership, ambition, power, as masculine traits.

  3. Ed Warner:

    I cannot lead an organization whose three members are so unwilling to work collectively, so devoid of ambition for the game, so full of disdain for Great Britain players and so apparently lacking in professional integrity.

  4. Tim Leverton:

    We're competing with companies that have developed products for other markets, as we get to this level of quality and product design, we will be able to be competitive globally... Our ambition is to be a global player.

  5. Leslie Miklosy:

    Ambition's true reward can only be gotten without ambition's trade.

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