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"ambition" in British English

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ambitionnoun

uk   /æmˈbɪʃ.ən/  us   /æmˈbɪʃ.ən/
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.

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"ambition" in American English

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ambitionnoun [C/U]

 us   /æmˈbɪʃ·ən/
a strong desire for success, achievement, power, or wealth: [C] His presidential ambitions were frustrated in the 1980s. [U] No one ever accused him of lacking ambition.
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"ambition" in Business English

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ambitionnoun

uk   us   /æmˈbɪʃən/
[C] a strong wish to achieve a particular thing: ambition to do sth After his heart attack, he abandoned his ambition to become CEO.achieve/fulfil/realize your ambition He has already achieved his main ambition in life - to become rich.ultimate/long-term ambition Her ultimate ambition is to run her own business. career ambitions. political/personal/artistic ambitions
[U] a strong wish to be successful: She's got a lot of ambition. I felt he lacked the ambition to succeed in showbusiness.
(Definition of ambition from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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