From Middle English ambicion, from Old French ambition, from Latin ambitio (“ambition, a striving for favor, literally 'a going around', especially of candidates for office in Rome soliciting votes”), from ambiō (“I go around, solicit votes”). See ambient, issue.
- (uncountable, countable) Eager or inordinate desire for some object that confers distinction, as preferment, honor, superiority, political power, or literary fame; desire to distinguish one's self from other people.
- (countable) An object of an ardent desire.
- My ambition is to own a helicopter.
- A desire, as in (sense 1), for another person to achieve these things.
- (uncountable) A personal quality similar to motivation, not necessarily tied to a single goal.
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- To seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet.
- Pausanias, ambitioning the sovereignty of Greece, bargains with Xerxes for his daughter in marriage. — Trumbull.
- ambition in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- ambition in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- Genitive singular form of ambitio.
ambition f (plural ambitions)
- ambition (feeling)
- an ambition