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am·bi·tion

 (ăm-bĭsh′ən)
n.
1.
a. An eager or strong desire to achieve something, such as fame or power.
b. The object or goal desired: Her ambition is the presidency.
2. Desire for exertion or activity; energy: had no ambition to go dancing.

[Middle English ambicioun, excessive desire for honor, power, or wealth, from Old French ambition, from Latin ambitiō, ambitiōn-, from ambitus, past participle of ambīre, to go around (for votes); see ambient.]

ambition

(æmˈbɪʃən)
n
1. strong desire for success, achievement, or distinction
2. something so desired; goal; aim
[C14: from Old French, from Latin ambitiō a going round (of candidates), a striving to please, from ambīre to go round; see ambit]

am•bi•tion

(æmˈbɪʃ ən)

n.
1. an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as wealth or fame, and the willingness to strive for it.
2. the object or state desired or sought after: A theatrical career is her ambition.
3. a desire for work or activity: I awoke feeling tired and lacking in ambition.
v.t.
4. to seek after earnestly; aspire to.
[1300–50; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin ambitiō orig., canvassing for votes =ambi-, variant s. of ambīre (see ambient) + -tiō -tion]

Ambition

 
  1. Ambition … coursed like blood through her —Vita Sackville-West
  2. [One woman’s] ambition expanded like yeast —Rita Mae Brown
  3. Ambition is as hollow as the soul of an echo —Anon
  4. Ambition is a sort of work —Kahlil Gibran
  5. Ambition is like a treadmill … you no sooner get to the end of it than you begin again —Josh Billings
  6. Ambition is like hunger; it obeys no law but its appetite —Josh Billings
  7. Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals —Sir John Denham
  8. Ambition is like the sea wave, which the more you drink the more you thirst —Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  9. Ambition, like a torrent, never looks back —Ben Jonson
  10. Ambitions thin with age —James Goldman
  11. Ambitious as the devil —Francis Beaumont
  12. As ambitious as Lady MacBeth —James Huneker
  13. Aspirations prancing like an elephant in a skirmish —Frank O’Hara
  14. Good intentions … like very mellow and choice fruit, they are difficult to keep —G. Simmons
  15. How like a mounting devil in the heart rules the unrestrained ambition! —N. P. Willis
    The word ‘ unrestrained’ has been substituted for ‘unrein’d.’
  16. A man without ambition is like a woman without beauty —Frank Harris
  17. Overambitious … like a musician trying to play every instrument in the band —Anon
  18. (I think of) that ambition of his like some sort of little engine tick, tick, ticking away, and never stopping —Gore Vidal about Abraham Lincoln
  19. To reach the height of ambition is like trying to reach the rainbow; as we advance it recedes —William Talbot Burke
  20. Zeal without knowledge is like an expedition to a man in the dark —John Newton
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ambition - a cherished desireambition - a cherished desire; "his ambition is to own his own business"
desire - the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
American Dream - the widespread aspiration of Americans to live better than their parents did
emulation - ambition to equal or excel
nationalism - the aspiration for national independence felt by people under foreign domination
2.ambition - a strong drive for successambition - a strong drive for success    
drive - the trait of being highly motivated; "his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers"
aspiration - a will to succeed
power hunger, status seeking - a drive to acquire power
Verb1.ambition - have as one's ambitionambition - have as one's ambition    
desire, want - feel or have a desire for; want strongly; "I want to go home now"; "I want my own room"

ambition

noun
1. goal, end, hope, design, dream, target, aim, wish, purpose, desire, intention, objective, intent, aspiration, Holy Grail (informal) His ambition is to sail round the world.
2. enterprise, longing, drive, fire, spirit, desire, passion, enthusiasm, warmth, striving, initiative, aspiration, yearning, devotion, zeal, verve, zest, fervour, eagerness, gusto, hankering, get-up-and-go (informal), ardour, keenness, avidity, fervency a mixture of ambition and ruthlessness
Quotations
"Ambition is the growth of every clime" [William Blake King Edward the Third]
"Well is it known that ambition can creep as well as soar" [Edmund Burke Letters on a Regicide Peace]
"Ambition, in a private man a vice,"
"Is in a prince the virtue" [Philip Massinger The Bashful Lover]
"Ambition must be made to counteract ambition" [James Madison The Federalist Papers]
Proverbs
"Every eel hopes to become a whale"

ambition

noun
1. A strong desire to achieve something:
2. What one intends to do or achieve:
Idioms: end in view, why and wherefore.
Translations
طُموحطُموح، مُطْمِح
ambicecílpřání
ambitionærgærrighed
kunnianhimo
ambicijapregalaštvo
metnaîurmetnaîur, takmark
野心
야심
ambicingasgarbės troškimasgarbėtroškiškaipretenzingassiekiantis garbės
centienigodkāremērķi
ambícia
ambicijaželja
ambition
ความทะเยอทะยาน
tham vọng

ambition

[æmˈbɪʃən] n
(= aim, goal) → ambition f
an ambition to do sth → l'ambition de faire qch
to have an ambition to do sth → avoir l'ambition de faire qch
to achieve one's ambition → concrétiser ses aspirations
to have presidential ambitions → avoir des ambitions présidentielles
to have territorial ambitions → avoir des ambitions territoriales
(= desire) → ambition f

ambition

n
(= desire)Ambition f; she has ambitions in that direction/for her sonsie hat Ambitionen in dieser Richtung/ehrgeizige Pläne für ihren Sohn; my one or big ambition in life is …meine große Ambition ist es, …; my ambition is to become prime minister/to fly to the moones ist mein Ehrgeiz or Ziel or meine Ambition, Premierminister zu werden/zum Mond zu reisen; it was never my ambition to take over your jobes war nie mein Bestreben or meine Absicht, Ihre Stelle zu übernehmen
(= ambitious nature)Ehrgeiz m

ambition

[æmˈbɪʃn] nambizione f, aspirazione f
he has no ambition → non ha nessuna ambizione
to achieve one's ambition → realizzare le proprie aspirazioni or ambizioni

ambition

(ӕmˈbiʃən) noun
1. the desire for success, fame, power etc. He is full of ambition and energy.
2. the desire eventually to become or do something special. His ambition is to be Prime Minister.
amˈbitious adjective
He is very ambitious; That plan is too ambitious.
amˈbitiously adverb
amˈbitiousness noun

ambition

طُموح přání ambition Ehrgeiz φιλοδοξία ambición kunnianhimo ambition ambicija ambizione 野心 야심 ambitie ærgjerrighet ambicja ambição цель ambition ความทะเยอทะยาน hırs tham vọng 雄心

ambition

n. ambición, aspiración;
vt. ambicionar, aspirar.
References in classic literature ?
Montel was a middleaged gentleman whose vain ambition and desire for the past twenty years had been to fill the void which Monsieur Lebrun's taking off had left in the Lebrun household.
The boy , who had been well instructed, and was sufficiently crafty, proceeded, with a bosom that was swelling with the pride of such a confidence, and all the hopes of young ambition, carelessly across the clearing to the wood, which he entered at a point at some little distance from the place where the guns were secreted.
May the same Almighty Goodness banish the accursed monster, war, from all lands, with her hated associates, rapine and insatiable ambition.
The true value of his character lay in that deep consciousness of inward strength, which made all his past vicissitudes seem merely like a change of garments; in that enthusiasm, so quiet that he scarcely knew of its existence, but which gave a warmth to everything that he laid his hand on; in that personal ambition, hidden--from his own as well as other eyes--among his more generous impulses, but in which lurked a certain efficacy, that might solidify him from a theorist into the champion of some practicable cause.
His was the profession at that era in which intellectual ability displayed itself far more than in political life; for -- leaving a higher motive out of the question it offered inducements powerful enough in the almost worshipping respect of the community, to win the most aspiring ambition into its service.
Be sure of this, O young ambition, all mortal greatness is but disease.
Legree, like many other planters, had but one form of ambition,--to have in the heaviest crop of the season,--and he had several bets on this very present season pending in the next town.
So, it would seem, few and fewer thoughts visit each growing man from year to year, for the grove in our minds is laid waste--sold to feed unnecessary fires of ambition, or sent to mill--and there is scarcely a twig left for them to perch on.
I knew how she feels, and that there is no other satisfied ambition, whether of king, conqueror, or poet, that ever reaches half-way to that serene far summit or yields half so divine a con- tentment.
The whole of the ridge was exceedingly narrow, and the fall on each side desperately steep, but the ice in some of these intervals between the masses of rock assumed the form of a mere sharp edge, almost like a knife; these places, though not more than three or four short paces in length, looked uncommonly awkward; but, like the sword leading true believers to the gates of Paradise, they must needs be passed before we could attain to the summit of our ambition.
Roxy had no home now; so she resolved to go around and say good-by to her friends and then clear out and see the world--that is to say, she would go chambermaiding on a steamboat, the darling ambition of her race and sex.
Only the older pupils managed to keep their tickets and stick to their tedious work long enough to get a Bible, and so the delivery of one of these prizes was a rare and noteworthy circumstance; the successful pupil was so great and conspicuous for that day that on the spot every scholar's heart was fired with a fresh ambition that often lasted a couple of weeks.