Ambition - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |æmˈbɪʃn|  American pronunciation of the word ambition
Brit.  |amˈbɪʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word ambition


- a cherished desire(syn: aspiration, dream)
- a strong drive for success (syn: ambitiousness)


- have as one's ambition


My first ambition as a child was to be in the circus.

He lacked ambition and couldn't compete with the others.

He achieved his ambition to become mayor.

He has plenty of drive and ambition.

She fulfilled her ambition to run the 10,000 metres in under 30 minutes.

He always had this burning ambition (=very strong desire) to start his own business.

His ambition to become a pilot was thwarted by poor eyesight.

He harboured ambitions of becoming leader.

Ambition is alien to his nature.

his ambition is to own his own business

He finally realized his ambition to start his own business.

She fulfilled her life's ambition when she started her own business.

His ambition is to eradicate poverty in his community.

He was a ruthless businessman, motivated by naked ambition and greed.

She nurtured a secret ambition to be a singer.

Word forms

singular: ambition
plural: ambitions
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