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noun 
  1. An eager, and sometimes an inordinate, desire for preferment, honor, superiority, power, or the attainment of something. (material copied from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913))
  2. A desire, as in (1), for another person to achieve these things.
  3. The purported pathway to a chosen career.
  4. A personal quality similar to motivation, not necessarily tied to a single goal.
  5. A four-player card game of tricks played mainly in North America, Europe, and Japan. http://www.pagat.com/invented/ambition.html
Translations: 
  • French: ambition (1-5)
  • German: Ehrgeiz (1), Ambition (5)
Etymology: French ambition, Latin ambitio a going around, especially of candidates for office is Rome, to solicit votes (hence, desire for office or honor? from ambire to go around. See Ambient, Issue.


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