ambition

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EtymologyEdit

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.

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ambition (usually uncountable, plural ambitions)

  1. (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.
    My son, John, wants to be a firefighter very much. He has a lot of ambition.
    • Burke
      the pitiful ambition of possessing five or six thousand more acres
  2. (countable) An object of an ardent desire.
    My ambition is to own a helicopter.
  3. A desire, as in (sense 1), for another person to achieve these things.
  4. (uncountable) A personal quality similar to motivation, not necessarily tied to a single goal.
  5. (obsolete) The act of going about to solicit or obtain an office, or any other object of desire; canvassing.
    • Milton
      [I] used no ambition to commend my deeds.

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VerbEdit

ambition (third-person singular simple present ambitions, present participle ambitioning, simple past and past participle ambitioned)

  1. To seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet.
    Pausanias, ambitioning the sovereignty of Greece, bargains with Xerxes for his daughter in marriage. — Trumbull.

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ambition

  1. Genitive singular form of ambitio.

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ambition f (plural ambitions)

  1. ambition (feeling)

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ambition c

  1. en ambition

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Last modified on 6 April 2014, at 13:15