ambition

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
am•bi•tion /æmˈbɪʃən/USA pronunciation n.  [uncountable] a strong desire for achievement or distinction. [countable] the object or state desired or sought after: A career on the stage is just one of her ambitions.See ambi-.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

ambition /æmˈbɪʃən/ n
  1. strong desire for success, achievement, or distinction
  2. something so desired; goal; aim
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French, from Latin ambitiō a going round (of candidates), a striving to please, from ambīre to go round; see ambit



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