Share this entry

Share this page


Pronunciation: /æmˈbɪʃən/

Translation of ambition in Spanish:


  • 1.1 c and u (drive, desire) ambición (feminine) he seems to be totally lacking in ambition no parece nada ambicioso (showing disapproval) no parece tener aspiraciones de ningún tipo they have ambitions for their daughter aspiran a que su hija llegue lejos
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 uncountable/no numerable (energy, vitality) (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar], energía (feminine)

Definition of ambition in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day pirarse
v pron
to make oneself scarce …
Cultural fact of the day

The Distrito Federal is a district of central Mexico, the seat of the federal government. It includes most of Mexico City and its suburbs, and comes under the direct supervision of the Mexican president.