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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

How to pronounce ambition?

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Daniel
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Karen
Karen
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Veena
Veena
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How to use ambition in a sentence?

  1. Nicolas Sarkozy:

    Here is another person thinking I have a lot of power, i didn't have this ambition ... but thank him for me.

  2. Beau Biden:

    Looking back on it, the truth be told, the real reason I went home every night was that I needed my children more than they needed me, but I realized I didn't miss a thing. Ambition is really important. You need it. And I certainly have never lacked in having ambition.

  3. Margrethe Vestager:

    It is very clear that we have the ambition to say you have a responsibility when you are a content provider, one way or another.

  4. Carlos Ghosn:

    Our ambition is to win even if it will take time.

  5. Sam Rayburn:

    It has always been my ambition since childhood to live such a life that one day my fellow citizens would call me to membership in this popular branch of the greatest lawmaking body in the world. Out of their confidence and partiality they have done this. It is now my sole purpose here to help enact such wise and just laws that our common country will by virtue of these laws be a happier and a more prosperous country. I have always dreamed of a country which I believe this should be and will be, and that is one in which the citizenship is an educated and patriotic people, not swayed by passion and prejudice, and a country that shall know no East, no West, no North, no South, but inhabited by a people liberty loving, patriotic, happy, and prosperous, with its lawmakers having no other purpose than to write such just laws as shall in the years to come be of service to human kind yet unborn. [Applause]


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