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noun Am*bi"tion
  1. The act of going about to solicit or obtain an office, or any other object of desire; canvassing.(Obs)"I] used no ambition to commend my deeds." [Milton.]
  2. An eager, and sometimes an inordinate, desire for preferment, honor, superiority, power, or the attainment of something."Cromwell, I charge thee, fling a way ambition: By that sin fell the angels." [Shak.]"The pitiful ambition of possessing five or six thousand more acres." [Burke.]

Etymology: F. ambition, L. ambitio a going around, especially of candidates for office is Rome, to solicit votes (hence, desire for office or honor), fr. ambire to go around. See Ambient Issue

verb Am*bi"tion
To seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet.

Etymology: Cf. F. ambitionner

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  1. A strong drive for success
  2. A cherished desire ("his ambition is to own his own business")
  3. Have as one's ambition
  1. ambition for some particular achievement

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Past life for Ambition born May 18, 2013

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Central India approximately on 1325. Your profession was leader, major, and captain.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. Your main task - to make the world more beautiful. Physical and spiritual deserts are just waiting for your touch. Keep smiling!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.