verb (used with object)
Origin of ambition
Examples from the Web for ambitions
So with the doors of late night closed to her, Slate had to scale down her ambitions to raise her profile.The Curious Little Shell That Restarted Jenny Slate’s Career|Luke Hopping|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Why would a system, on so many levels, manufacture hopes and ambitions designed for disappointment?
And elites with ambitions in national politics are learning to electioneer accordingly.
Zylka was never had ambitions of acting growing up, preferring instead to play football and tag graffiti.From Homeless to HBO, ‘The Leftovers’ Star Chris Zylka’s Crazy Hollywood Story|Kevin Fallon|June 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His debut novel, Echo of the Boom, is a dystopian romp with Pynchonesque ambitions.In a New Novel, Apathetic Teenagers Usher in the Apocalypse|Elliot Ackerman|June 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was calmly sure that his ambitions were about to be realized.The Pirates of Ersatz|Murray Leinster
The man of ambitions by this time had reappeared; he saw the way to the Council of State lying straight before him.Cousin Pons|Honore de Balzac
These ambitions faded out, each in its turn; but the ambition to be a steamboatman always remained.Life On The Mississippi, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
He also was full of desires and ambitions, which he wished to hide under the mask of love.The Queen's Necklace|Alexandre Dumas pre
Seems it had been one of Mrs. Mumford's ambitions to spring Rupert on an unsuspectin' public.The House of Torchy|Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for ambitions
Word Origin for ambition
Word Origin and History for ambitions
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.