Definition of ambition in English:


Line breaks: am|bi¦tion
Pronunciation: /amˈbɪʃ(ə)n


1A strong desire to do or achieve something: her ambition was to become a pilot he achieved his ambition of making a fortune
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  • Land-hungry settlers viewed the royal government as an obstacle to their ambitions.
  • Now, if I get some MP to sign a letter, it feels like I've achieved my life's ambition.
  • All of this occurs amid speculation about her own presidential ambitions.
1.1 [mass noun] Desire and determination to achieve success: young men and women with ambition
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  • Goneril and Regan, consumed by ambition, divide the kingdom in half.
  • During the course of Citizen Kane, the hero marries two women and his ambition drives them away.
  • In a book of such ambition, there will be much with which to quibble.
drive, determination, desire, enterprise, initiative, eagerness, motivation, enthusiasm, zeal, commitment, a sense of purpose, longing, yearning, hankering
informal get-up-and-go


Middle English: via Old French from Latin ambitio(n-), from ambire 'go around (canvassing for votes)'.

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