Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “ambition”

See all translations

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.B2 [U] a strong wish to be successful, powerful, rich, etc.: She has a lot of ambition.
More examples
Translations of “ambition”
in Korean 꿈, 야망…
in Arabic مَطمَح, طُموح…
in French ambition…
in Turkish hırs, tutku, ihtiras…
in Italian ambizione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 抱負, 志向, 雄心…
in Russian цель, целеустремленность…
in Polish ambicja…
in Spanish ambición…
in Portuguese ambição…
in German der Ehrgeiz, die Ambition…
in Catalan ambició…
in Japanese 念願, 大志, 野心…
in Chinese (Simplified) 抱负, 志向, 雄心…
(Definition of ambition from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of ambition?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “ambition”

Definitions of “ambition” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

make believe

believing or imagining things that appear to be attractive or exciting, but are not real

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More