Definition of ambition noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//æmˈbɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//æmˈbɪʃn//
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  1. 1  [countable] something that you want to do or achieve very much It had been her lifelong ambition. political/literary/sporting ambitions ambition of being/doing something She never achieved her ambition of becoming a famous writer. ambition to be/do something His burning ambition was to study medicine.
  2. 2  [uncountable] the desire or determination to be successful, rich, powerful, etc. motivated by personal ambition She was intelligent but suffered from a lack of ambition.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin ambitio(n-), from ambire ‘go around (canvassing for votes)’.Extra examples At last he had realized his life’s ambition. He felt great resentment at having his ambition frustrated. He had only one ambition in life. He has no ambition. He’s got little ambition. Her biggest ambition was to climb Everest. She’s a woman of driving ambition. This is a tale of jealousy and thwarted ambitions. the company’s global ambitions He was a young man with the ambition to succeed in his chosen career. His friends would never describe him as a man of great ambition.

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