ambition, aspiration, dream(noun)
a cherished desire
"his ambition is to own his own business"
a strong drive for success
have as one's ambition
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.
An object of an ardent desire.
My ambition is to own a helicopter.
A desire, as in (sense 1), for another person to achieve these things.
A personal quality similar to motivation, not necessarily tied to a single goal.
To seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet.
Pausanias, ambitioning the sovereignty of Greece, bargains with Xerxes for his daughter in marriage. uE000106558uE001 Trumbull.
Origin: From ambicion, from ambition, from ambitio, from ambio. See ambient, issue.
the act of going about to solicit or obtain an office, or any other object of desire; canvassing
an eager, and sometimes an inordinate, desire for preferment, honor, superiority, power, or the attainment of something
to seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet
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.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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
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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British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'ambition' in Nouns Frequency: #1648
The numerical value of ambition in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of ambition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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- честолюбие, амбицияBulgarian
- Ambition, EhrgeizGerman
- خواهش, اشتیاق, آرزوPersian
- 野望, 野心, アンビションJapanese
- AmbitiounLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- амби́ция, мечта́, честолю́бие, цельRussian
- àmbīcija, prègalāštvo, častoljubljeSerbo-Croatian
- tham vọngVietnamese
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