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Definition of the noun ambition

What does ambition mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: ambitions

  1. a cherished desire
    • example: his ambition is to own his own business
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • synonyms of ambition: aspiration / dream
    • more generic word: desire = the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
    • more specific terms:
      • 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
  2. a strong drive for success

Alternative definition of the noun ambition


  1. An eager or inordinate desire for some object that confers distinction, as preferment, honor, superiority, political power, or literary fame; desire to distinguish one's self from other people.
  2. A desire, as in (1), for another person to achieve these things.
  3. The purported pathway to a chosen career.
  4. A personal quality similar to motivation, not necessarily tied to a single goal.

Definition of the verb ambition

What does ambition mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: ambitioned | ambitioning | ambitions

  1. have as one's ambition
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • more generic words: desire / want = feel or have a desire for


  1. "Ambition" is the second studio album by American hip hop artist Wale. It was released on November 1, 2011 on Maybach Music Group and Warner Bros. Records. It is the follow-up to his debut album, Attention Deficit, which was released in 2009. The album features guest appearances from Rick Ross, Lloyd, Ne-Yo, Big Sean, Miguel, Meek Mill, Kid Cudi, and Jeremih. The album was supported by four official singles— "Chain Music", "Bait", Lotus Flower Bomb" and "Sabotage", along with the promotional singles "Bad Girls Club" and "Focused". Upon its release Ambition received generally positive reviews from music critics. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 164,000 copies in its first week of release. As of June, 2013, the album has sold over 482,000 copies in the United States.
  2. "Ambition": Originally released on Atlantic Records in 1987, Ambition is former Styx guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw's third solo album release. It was produced by Terry Thomas and has a very fluid and melodic sound with rich synthesizer chords and sequences. The album was re-released on American Beat Records in 2007.
  3. "Ambition" is a composition.
  4. "Ambition" is a composition.
  5. "Ambition" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  6. "Ambition" is a musical EP of The Dead Souls.
    • released on
  7. "Ambition" is a musical single of Subway Sect.
    • released in (37 years ago)
  8. "Ambition" is a musical album of Statik Selektah & Bumpy Knuckles.
    • released on
  9. "Ambition" is a musical single of Redd.
    • released on
  10. "Ambition" is a musical album of Larry McCray.
  11. "Ambition" is a musical EP of Apagoge.
  12. "Ambition" is a composition.
  13. "Ambition" is a musical album of PIVOTAL.


  1. "Ambition" is the first novel by Julie Burchill published in 1989 hardback and 1990 paperback, ISBN 9780552135580.
    • genres: Fiction, Speculative fiction
    • copyright: 1990-06
  2. "Ambition" is a book by Kieran Scott, published on (6 years ago).
    • also known as "Ambition (Private)"
    • character: Reed Brennan
    • genre: Children's literature
    • subjects: Friendship, Sex, Dating, Murder


  1. "Ambition" is a 2012 family film written by Gil Medina, J. Robert Kingston and directed by Gil Medina.
  2. "Ambition" is a 1973 film directed by Nya' Abbas Acub.
  3. "Ambition": "This short film was packaged on video with Hartley's featurette "Surviving Desire." It follows a day in the life of a young artist who longs for professional success and the attention of beautiful women, but who encounters only frustration and violence.


  1. Ambition is a registered charity whose members are a network of umbrella youth organisations in cities, counties and countries throughout the UK. Through its network Ambition works with more than 3,500 voluntary youth clubs, youth groups and projects across the United Kingdom, supporting over 350,000 young people.
  2. Ambition is the third women's fragrance created by American pop/R&B singer, songwriter Jordin Sparks alongside CPL Aromas & Preferred Fragrance, endorsed by Jordin Sparks. The product was released exclusively to Bon-Ton Department Stores nationwide on November 8, 2012 in store and online. Ambition... was Preceded by two additional releases. her first fragrance "Because of You..." and her second fragrance "Fascinate". Each scent was followed with its own Eau De Parfum release and multiple gift sets.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Ambition

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Google previewA Dictionary of Thoughts (1908)

Being a Cyclopedia of Laconic Quotations from the Best Authors of the World, Both Ancient and Modern by Tryon Edwards

Ambition is the spur that makes man struggle with destiny.

Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.

Google previewThe Meaning of Life (1922)

by Albert Edwin Keigwin

Ambition is a Divine urge. It is God's elective...

Moreover, ambition is an urge moving in one direction, namely, the will of God. Like electricity, it...

Google previewThe Business Philosopher (1922)

The Magazine of Practical Business Building

AM BITION Ambition is the next natural faculty of the Soul or Sensibilities.

Google previewThe Coaching Calendar: daily inspiration from the 'Stress-less' Coach

by Jeff Hutchens

'Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in' Bill...

Google previewRescuing Ambition (Foreword by C. J. Mahaney) (2010)

by Dave Harvey

Jerry Bridges, author, The Pursuit of Holiness “Thomas Watson said, 'Selfish ambition is the mother of all schisms.

randy alcorn, author, If God is Good and Heaven “Rescuing Ambition is a book for all of us who were created by God, who ...

Google previewA Dictionary of American Proverbs (1992)

by Wolfgang Mieder, Stewart A. Kingsbury, Kelsie B. Harder

Ambition is the incentive that makes purpose great and achievement greater. Rec . dist.: N.Y. 9. Ambition is the last infirmity of noble minds. Rec. dist.: Ill. 10. Ambition is torment enough for an enemy. Rec. dist.:...

Google previewCharacter Lessons in American Biography for Public Schools and Home Instruction (1909)

by James Terry White

DEFINITION: Ambition is the desire to improve one's present conditions. INTERPRETATION: 1. Contentment that is satisfied with...

Google previewTheology (1818)

explained and defended, in a series of sermons. With a memoir of the life of the author by Timothy Dwight

Ambition is an affection of the mind, nearly related to Pride and Vanity. Vanity is the self-complacency, which we feel in the...

Ambition is the desire of obtaining, or increasing, this superiority. Vanity, usually makes men civil and complaisant.

Google previewI AM ISHSHAH CHAYIL (2015)


Divine ambition is the fuel to your purpose.

Google previewThe Homiletic Review (1903)

An International Monthly Magazine of Current Religious Thought, Sermonic Literature and Discussion of Practical Issues

A high ambition is the spur to enterprise; is that which lends to life its nobler lures; is that which makes life worth the living.

Google previewLetters of Ascent (2013)

Spiritual Direction in the Letters of Bernard of Clairvaux by Michael C. Voigts

for Bernard, ambition is the opposite of ...

Google previewDare to Serve (2015)

How to Drive Superior Results by Serving Others by Cheryl Bachelder

Ambition is a cultural norm for leadership. Defined by MerriamWebster as “an ardent desire for rank, fame, or power,” the word comes from the Latin word ambitio, literally the act of soliciting votes for political office. In these roots, we find the ...

Google previewBureaucratic Ambition (2011)

Careers, Motives, and the Innovative Administrator by Manuel P. Teodoro

Ambition is a good servant, but a bad master. laura ingalls wilder...

Google previewA Complete Dictionary of Poetical Quotations: Comprising the Most Excellent and Appropriate Passages in the Old British Poets (1871)

With Choice and Copius Selection from the Best Modern British and American Poets by John F. Addington

AMBITION. AMBITION. 19 Ambition hath one heel nail'd in hell, Though. 18 Those that were up themselves, kept others low; Those that were low themselves, held others hard, Ne suffered them to ryse or greater grow: But every one did strive ...

Google previewSimiles Dictionary (2013)

by Elyse Sommer

See Also: PURPOSEFULNESS Ambition...

Google previewThe Art of English Poetry. Containing I. Rules for Making Verses. II. A Collection of the Most ... Sublime Thoughts ... in the Best English Poets. III. A Dictionary of Rhymes. -3. Ed (1708)

Ambition is a Luft that's never quench'd, - Grows more enflam'd,and madder by Enjoyment. Otw.Cai.Mar. Ambition is at distance A goodly Prospect, tempting to the View : - The Height delights us, and the Mountain Top Looks beautiful, because ...

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Quotes about Ambition

A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive. (Pearl Bailey)
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Scrabble value of A1M3B3I1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 8-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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