Definitions for: Ambition


[n] a strong drive for success
[n] a cherished desire; "his ambition is to own his own business"
[v] have as one's ambition



Webster (1913) Definition: Am*bi"tion, n. [F. ambition, L. ambitio a going
around, especially of candidates for office is Rome, to
solicit votes (hence, desire for office or honor? fr. ambire
to go around. See Ambient, Issue.]
1. The act of going about to solicit or obtain an office, or
any other object of desire; canvassing. [Obs.]

[I] used no ambition to commend my deeds. --Milton.

2. An eager, and sometimes an inordinate, desire for
preferment, honor, superiority, power, or the attainment
of something.

Cromwell, I charge thee, fling a way ambition: By
that sin fell the angels. --Shak.

The pitiful ambition of possessing five or six
thousand more acres. --Burke.


Am*bi"tion, v. t. [Cf. F. ambitionner.]
To seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet. [R.]

Pausanias, ambitioning the sovereignty of Greece,
bargains with Xerxes for his daughter in marriage.
--Trumbull.

Synonyms: ambitiousness, aspiration, dream

See Also: American Dream, aspiration, desire, desire, drive, emulation, nationalism, power hunger, status seeking, want

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