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ambition

noun uk   /æmˈbɪʃ.ən/ us  
B1 [C] a strong wish to achieve something: [+ to infinitive] His ambition is ultimately to run his own business. He has already achieved his main ambition in life - to become wealthy. political ambitions She doubts whether she'll ever be able to fulfil her ambition. I've always had a burning (= very great) ambition to be a film director. After his heart attack, he abandoned his ambition to become prime minister.Goals and purposes B2 [U] a strong wish to be successful, powerful, rich, etc.: She's got a lot of ambition.Goals and purposes
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