Translation of ambition in Spanish:

ambition

Pronunciation: /æmˈbɪʃən/

noun/nombre

  • 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
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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.
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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.
    1.2 uncountable/no numerable (energy, vitality) (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar], energía (feminine)

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.