[ am-bish-uhn ]
/ æmˈbɪʃ ən /
an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment: Too much ambition caused him to be disliked by his colleagues.
the object, state, or result desired or sought after: The crown was his ambition.
desire for work or activity; energy: I awoke feeling tired and utterly lacking in ambition.
verb (used with object)
to seek after earnestly; aspire to.
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Origin of ambition
OTHER WORDS FROM ambitionam·bi·tion·less, adjectiveam·bi·tion·less·ly, adverbpre·am·bi·tion, nounsu·per·am·bi·tion, noun
Words nearby ambition
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Example sentences from the Web for ambitioning
Thus have you, the draught of a wise man's happiness, more the object of a commiserating pity, than of an ambitioning envy.In Praise of Folly|Desiderius Erasmus
British Dictionary definitions for ambitioning
/ (æmˈbɪʃən) /
strong desire for success, achievement, or distinction
something so desired; goal; aim
Word Origin for ambition
C14: from Old French, from Latin ambitiō a going round (of candidates), a striving to please, from ambīre to go round; see ambit
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