Verb ambition Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

To seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet.

More definition: earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment, Too much ambition caused him to be disliked by his colleagues.

2.the object, state, or result desired or sought after, The crown was his ambition.

3.desire for work or activity; energy, I awoke feeling tired and utterly lacking in ambition. seek after earnestly; aspire to.

1. strong desire for success, achievement, or distinction

2. something so desired; goal; aim Word OriginC14, from Old French, from Latin ambitiō a going round (of candidates), a striving to please, from ambīre to go round; see ambitCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
mid-14c., from Middle French ambition or directly from Latin ambitionem (nominative ambitio) "a going around," especially to solicit votes, hence "a striving for favor, courting, flattery; a desire for honor, thirst for popularity," noun of action from past participle stem of ambire "to go around" (see ambient).Rarely used in the literal sense in English, where it carries the secondary Latin sense of "eager or inordinate desire of honor or preferment." In early use always pejorative, of inordinate or overreaching desire; ambition was grouped with pride and vainglory.


Do you think everything they have done has been with the single ambition of getting third-party information out of you?

My ambition is far different than yours.

Anyone else with have a grain of ambition would see them as a tool.

He suspected Sirian was Memon's spy and couldn't help but wonder if Memon understood how deep ambition ran in a man like Sirian.

"Alas, my ambition to be a movie star has faded," Gerry said with a wry smile.

In particular that conception which regarded "ambition" as the guiding motive in his career has been dispelled by a more intimate and accurate knowledge of his life; this shows him to have been very little the creator of his own career, which was largely the result of circumstances outside his control, the influence of past events and of the actions of others, the pressure of the national will, the natural superiority of his own genius.

His vanity was certainly excessive; but I have no doubt that, in his public conduct as well as in his writings, he was desirous of doing good, that his ambition was of the noblest kind, anti that he proposed to himself the noblest ends.

Shakespeare remains so popular because he wrote about timeless human experiences: love and fear and envy, anger and revenge and jealousy, ambition and regret and guilt.

It was my ambition to speak like other people, and my teachers believed that this could be accomplished; but, although we worked hard and faithfully, yet we did not quite reach our goal.

This pleased her very much and stimulated her ambition to excel Percy.

In lathing I was pleased to be able to send home each nail with a single blow of the hammer, and it was my ambition to transfer the plaster from the board to the wall neatly and rapidly.

To Pierre all men seemed like those soldiers, seeking refuge from life: some in ambition, some in cards, some in framing laws, some in women, some in toys, some in horses, some in politics, some in sport, some in wine, and some in governmental affairs.

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