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ambition

am·bi·tion

ambition

 
 
pronunciation:
aem bI shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a strong desire to reach a set goal or to be generally successful in life, esp. the desire to become famous, wealthy, or powerful.
She has an ambition to become a designer with her own line of clothing.Her father often criticized her husband for having no ambition.
synonyms:
desire, drive, push, zeal
similar words:
appetite, aspiration, longing, striving, yearning
definition 2: the state or goal that is the object of such a desire.
Winning first place was his ambition.
synonyms:
aim, aspiration, dream, goal, intent, intention, objective
similar words:
hope, longing, mark, plan, purpose, raison d'Ítre, striving, yearning
derivation: ambitionless (adj.)
Word Parts
The word ambition contains the following parts:
amb, ambl, ambul Latin root that means walk
-ion Latin noun-forming suffix that means the act, process, or result of
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The suffix -ion attaches to bases that are Latin verb stems ending in s or t.