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Meaning of AMBITION

Pronunciation:  am'bishun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a strong drive for success
  2. [n]  a cherished desire; "his ambition is to own his own business"
  3. [v]  have as one's ambition

AMBITION is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: ambitiousness, aspiration, dream
 See Also: American Dream, aspiration, desire, desire, drive, emulation, nationalism, power hunger, status seeking, want



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Am*bi"tion\, n. [F. ambition, L. ambitio a going
    around, especially of candidates for office is Rome, to
    solicit votes (hence, desire for office or honor? fr. ambire
    to go around. See {Ambient}, {Issue}.]
    1. The act of going about to solicit or obtain an office, or
       any other object of desire; canvassing. [Obs.]
             [I] used no ambition to commend my deeds. --Milton.
    2. An eager, and sometimes an inordinate, desire for
       preferment, honor, superiority, power, or the attainment
       of something.
             Cromwell, I charge thee, fling a way ambition: By
             that sin fell the angels.             --Shak.
             The pitiful ambition of possessing five or six
             thousand more acres.                  --Burke.
  2. \Am*bi"tion\, v. t. [Cf. F. ambitionner.]
    To seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet. [R.]
          Pausanias, ambitioning the sovereignty of Greece,
          bargains with Xerxes for his daughter in marriage.
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