ambition

Ambition is a strong desire to achieve. It's what Macbeth had too much of, and what slackers have too little of.

If a person has ambition, the goal is usually wealth, power, or fame. This Middle English word is derived from Latin ambitiō, from ambīre "to go around or about." In ancient Rome, candidates for office would go around to gain votes, to further their goal of being powerful or famous.

Definitions of ambition
  1. noun
    a strong drive for success
    synonyms: ambitiousness
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    types:
    aspiration
    a will to succeed
    power hunger, status seeking
    a drive to acquire power
    type of:
    drive
    the trait of being highly motivated
  2. noun
    a cherished desire
    “his ambition is to own his own business”
    synonyms: aspiration, dream
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    types:
    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
    type of:
    desire
    the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
  3. verb
    have as one's ambition
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    type of:
    desire, want
    feel or have a desire for; want strongly
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