Definition for ambition

noun as in strong desire for success

noun as in something desired

Strong matches

end, enterprise, intent, mark, target

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Example Sentences

Pelosi had resisted demands from moderates in her caucus to narrow her ambitions or put a new bill on the floor, insisting that Republicans should be the ones to offer new concessions.

However, its near term target of peaking emissions before 2030 is unaltered and it is this near term ambition that counts….

From Fortune

This was the central ambition of a number of no-longer-existing startups over 10 years ago.

The program, which is an expansion of one Walmart began testing last year for free grocery delivery, is another signal of the retailer’s growing e-commerce ambitions.

From Quartz

If ambition doesn’t inhabit you, you wonder what all the hubbub is about.

From Ozy

The other narrative is of mobility in the service of ambition.

Their authors promise that your spirit will be improved, your ambition honed, and your finances maximized by their advice.

And it led him in his teenage years to declare his ambition to become a cop.

Reid planted a flag, ready to make his mark in the world of whisky, backed by ambition and a gorgeous piece of land.

He made little secret of his ambition to become the next prime minister, much to the chagrin of Netanyahu.

Greater mischiefs happen often from folly, meanness, and vanity than from the greater sins of avarice and ambition.

To talk German was beyond the sweep of my dizziest ambition, but an Italian runner or porter instantly presented himself.

He went on, ruminating on the vain shadow, into which his over-heated ambition to act and to be distinguished, had involved him.

So far Murat had always held subordinate commands; his great ambition was to become the commander-in-chief of an independent army.

Noble ambition—worthy of a less ignoble cause—a better fate!


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On this page you'll find 118 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to ambition, such as: appetite, aspiration, desire, energy, enthusiasm, and hope.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.