ambition

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
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 © 2016
am•bi•tion  (am bishən), 
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.
Etymology:
  • 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
am•bition•less, adj. 
am•bition•less•ly, adv. 
1 . aspiration, yearning, longing. 2 . goal, aim. 3 . 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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