- strong desire for success, achievement, or distinction
- something so desired; goal; aim
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- [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.
- an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment:Too much ambition caused him to be disliked by his colleagues.
- the object, state, or result desired or sought after:The crown was his ambition.
- desire for work or activity;
energy:I awoke feeling tired and utterly lacking in ambition.
- to seek after earnestly;
- Latin ambitiōn- (stem of ambitiō), equivalent. to amb- ambi- + -i- go + -t- past participle suffix + -iōn- -ion
- Middle French)
- Middle English ambicio(u)n ( 1300–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged aspiration, yearning, longing.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged goal, aim.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged drive, force.