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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British National Corpus

  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. Salvador Dalí:

    Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

  2. Ehsan Sehgal:

    The false hope specifies and results in the collapse of ambition, dream, and time.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    Disparity between a dream and a vision. A dream induces an expectation. But, a vision endows a provision. Moreover, a dream could be ordinary and extraordinary too. Meanwhile, an ordinary dream is synonymous with an ambition which often doesn't emerge a reality. But, on the other hand, extraordinary dream is divine or rather it comes from God. That's why most times it turns out to become a reality. Besides that, a vision could also be ordinary and extraordinary too. However, an ordinary vision is a mental picture of what the future could be or would look like. And like an ordinary dream, most times it ends up unrealized. Whereas, an extraordinary vision is of God. I mean, it originates or emanates from God and it is ever meant for an appointed time. As a matter of fact, it must come to pass even against all odds. SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (HABAKUK 2 : 3).

  4. Peter Baumgartner:

    The Etihad Lifestyle Concierge service is a continuation of that ambition.

  5. Adam Matthews:

    The key will be in the ambition of the targets they set next year and also how this relates to the lobbying undertaken by the trade associations they fund.

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