- To desire and strive for as an ambition.
- 1659, John Gauden, The Tears, Sighs, Complaints, and Prayers of the Church of England:
- In ancient times, when the state of this Church and its Clergie was more idle and superstitious, but more opulent and honourable, what Gentleman, what Nobleman, what Prince, yea what sovereign Kings did not ambitionate to plant some of their sons (as Henry the seventh intended his second son, Henry the eighth) into Gods vineyard, for the work, office and honour of a Church-man?
- 1829, Richard Hartley Kennedy, Visconti: An Historical Tragedy in Five Acts, page 3:
- Well, sir, legs like yours are the gift of God, and not to be spoken slightingly of; but though they seem to care very little for these passes, had you known what I have, you would not ambitionate any thing in the shape of a hill to be climbed, of an uglier ascent than the Monte testaccio, or the Campidoglio at the carnivals.
- 1842, John Mitchell, The art of conversation, by Orlando Sabertash, page 160:
- Duclos and La Bruyere both recommend the use of praise, and even of flattery. Delille does not ; and Lord Chesterfield says, that men should only be praised when absent, and then " rather for the qualities they ambitionate, than for those they possess."
- 1900, The Living Age - Volume 225, page 179:
- “I do not, Gran'am, ambitionate to be the richest woman in Yorkshire,” the girl said, softly. “Do not you?” the old lady exclaimed, and added, “Perhaps, too, you do not ambitionate to be the most admired young lady in Yorkshire, which I see your cousin Alce is become."