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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.B2 [U] a strong wish to be successful, powerful, rich, etc.: She has a lot of ambition.
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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…
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