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ambition

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1 eager desire for personal advancement

  • "Talent without ambition will not make you a star," the singer's voice coach liked to remind her
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2 readiness to engage in daring or difficult activity

  • the ambition shown by the undersea explorers of the Mariana Trench, the deepest in the world
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3 something that one hopes or intends to accomplish

  • his ambition is to study international business, then get a job overseas
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name of the game

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ambition, aspiration, pretension mean strong desire for advancement. ambition applies to the desire for personal advancement or preferment and may suggest equally a praiseworthy or an inordinate desire.
    • driven by ambition
aspiration implies a striving after something higher than oneself.
    • an aspiration to become president someday
pretension suggests ardent desire for recognition of accomplishment often without actual possession of the necessary ability and therefore may imply presumption.
    • has literary pretensions


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