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Definitions of ambition

  1. To seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. a strong drive for success Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The act of going about to solicit or obtain an office, or any other object of desire; canvassing. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. An eager, and sometimes an inordinate, desire for preferment, honor, superiority, power, or the attainment of something. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. An eager desire to obtain some object. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. The desire of power, honor, fame, excellence; also, grudge, spite (Amer.). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Eager desire for fame, power, or excellence. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. Inordinate desire of power or distinction. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. Worthy eagerness to achieve something great and good. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. An object of ambitious effort. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. The desire generally of superiority in honour and power; sometimes a generous impulse after excellence. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. The desire of power, fame, excellence, or superiority. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for ambition

  1. Now, a great ambition was growing in Burl's heart. – The Mad Planet by Murray Leinster
  2. Why, yes- if you have any ambition that way. – Tomaso's Fortune and Other Stories by Henry Seton Merriman
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