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Synonyms for ambition
æmˈbɪʃ ən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ambition, aspiration, dream(noun)

    a cherished desire

    "his ambition is to own his own business"

    Synonyms:
    breathing in, aspiration, inhalation, inspiration, ambitiousness, pipe dream, dream, intake, dreaming

  2. ambition, ambitiousness(verb)

    a strong drive for success

    Synonyms:
    ambitiousness, dream, aspiration

  3. ambition(verb)

    have as one's ambition

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. ambition

    Aspiration is the desire for excellence, pure and simple. Ambition, literally a going around to solicit votes, has primary reference to the award or approval of others, and is the eager desire of power, fame, or something deemed great and eminent, and viewed as a worthy prize. The prizes of aspiration are virtue, nobility, skill, or other high qualities. The prizes of ambition are advancement, fame, honor, and the like. There is a noble and wise or an ignoble, selfish, and harmful ambition. Emulation is not so much to win any excellence or success for itself as to equal or surpass other persons. There is such a thing as a noble emulation, when those we would equal or surpass are noble, and the means we would use worthy. But, at the highest, emulation is inferior as a motive to aspiration, which seeks the high quality or character for its own sake, not with reference to another. Competition is the striving for something that is sought by another at the same time. Emulation regards the abstract, competition the concrete; rivalry is the same in essential meaning with competition, but differs in the nature of the objects contested for, which, in the case of rivalry, are usually of the nobler sort and less subject to direct gaging, measurement, and rule. We speak of competition in business, emulation in scholarship, rivalry in love, politics, etc.; emulation of excellence, success, achievement; competition for a prize; rivalry between persons or nations. Competition may be friendly, rivalry is commonly hostile. Opposition is becoming a frequent substitute for competition in business language; it implies that the competitor is an opponent and hinderer.

    Synonyms:
    aspiration, competition, emulation, opposition, rivalry

    Antonyms:
    carelessness, contentment, humility, indifference, satisfaction

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. ambition

    Synonyms:
    aspiration, emulation, appetition

    Antonyms:
    indifference, inappetency, contentment, moderation

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. ambition(n.)

    Synonyms:
    desire of superiority, desire of distinction

  2. ambition(n.)

    Synonyms:
    longing, yearning, aspiration

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. ambition(n)

    Synonyms:
    aspiration, emulation

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "ambition":

    aspiration, ambitiousness, aim, desire, objective, goal

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How to use ambition in a sentence?

  1. Van Beurden:

    It is more sensible to say we will go faster than society, we will catch up with society on its way to meeting Paris, it is a very clear ambition, we will articulate this ambitions in steps as we go along the way. We will be totally transparent.

  2. Marcus Aurelius:

    Who exactly are these people that you want to be admired by? Aren’t they the same people you are in the habit of calling crazy? And is this your life ambition, then – to win the approval of lunatics?

  3. Van Poecke:

    The ambition is to do bolt-on acquisitions from here and build a stronger presence in the markets where we are present. Now we have a good footprint in Germany, in Switzerland, in Holland, in Belgium, in northern France so I think that is a good footprint with enough room to grow.

  4. Prime Minister Erna Solberg:

    Our ambition is for all students to somehow get back to school before the summer.

  5. Elvis Presley:

    Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.

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