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.

Primary Meanings of ambition

1.
n
a strong drive for success
2.
nv
a cherished desire
have as one's ambition
Full Definitions of ambition
1

n a strong drive for success

Synonyms:
ambitiousness
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

n a cherished desire

“his ambition is to own his own business”
Synonyms:
aspiration, dream
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

v have as one's ambition

Type of:
desire, want
feel or have a desire for; want strongly

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