WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
am•bi•tion /æmˈbɪʃən/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [uncountable] a strong desire for achievement or distinction.
  2. [countable] the object or state desired or sought after: A career on the stage is just one of her ambitions.
See ambi-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
am•bi•tion  (am bishən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. 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.
  2. the object, state, or result desired or sought after:The crown was his ambition.
  3. desire for work or activity;
    energy:I awoke feeling tired and utterly lacking in ambition.

v.t. 
  1. to seek after earnestly;
    aspire to.
am•bition•less, adj. 
am•bition•less•ly, adv. 
  • 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.


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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