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"ambition" in British English

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ambitionnoun

uk   us   /æmˈbɪʃ.ən/
B1 [C] a ​strongwish to ​achieve something: [+ to infinitive] His ambition is ​ultimately torun his own ​business. He has already achieved his ​main ambition in ​life - to ​becomewealthy. 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 ​filmdirector. After his ​heartattack, he ​abandoned his ambition to ​becomeprimeminister.B2 [U] a ​strongwish to be ​successful, ​powerful, ​rich, etc.: She has a lot of ambition.

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(Definition of ambition from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ambition" in American English

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ambitionnoun [C/U]

 us   /æmˈbɪʃ·ən/
a ​strongdesire for ​success, ​achievement, ​power, or ​wealth: [C] His ​presidential ambitions were ​frustrated in the 1980s. [U] No one ​everaccused him of ​lacking ambition.
(Definition of ambition from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"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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