verb (used with object)
Origin of ambition
Examples from the Web for ambition
The other narrative is of mobility in the service of ambition.
Their authors promise that your spirit will be improved, your ambition honed, and your finances maximized by their advice.
And it led him in his teenage years to declare his ambition to become a cop.
Reid planted a flag, ready to make his mark in the world of whisky, backed by ambition and a gorgeous piece of land.
He made little secret of his ambition to become the next prime minister, much to the chagrin of Netanyahu.Goodbye to Israel’s Lousy Government (Let’s Hope the Next One Isn’t Worse)|Alon Ben-Meir|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fired with ambition by these successes, he pressed boldly onward to reduce the cities and lands of the east.The History of Antiquity, Vol. I (of VI)|Max Duncker
Eliza Doolittle's ambition is to become fitted for the functions of a young lady in a florist's shop.
It had been his ambition to make of his son a renowned minister who should shine in controversy, and an eloquent preacher.The Insect|Jules Michelet
His ambition and his simple personal successes had formerly distracted him from the sentiments which madame de Rnal had inspired.The Red and the Black|Stendhal
In all his conversations, he spoke of ambition as a quality absolutely necessary to form the character of a soldier.The Surrender of Napoleon|Sir Frederick Lewis Maitland.
British Dictionary definitions for ambition
Word Origin for ambition
Word Origin and History for ambition
mid-14c., from Middle French ambition or directly from Latin ambitionem (nominative ambitio) "a going around," especially to solicit votes, hence "a striving for favor, courting, flattery; a desire for honor, thirst for popularity," noun of action from past participle stem of ambire "to go around" (see ambient).
Rarely used in the literal sense in English, where it carries the secondary Latin sense of "eager or inordinate desire of honor or preferment." In early use always pejorative, of inordinate or overreaching desire; ambition was grouped with pride and vainglory.