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noun ambition pronunciation in British English /æmˈbɪʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable] something that you very much want to do, usually something that is difficult to achieve
    I had no idea about Jesse’s political ambitions.
    His ambition was to become a successful writer.
    achieve/fulfil/realize an ambition: She seemed set to achieve all her ambitions.
    ambition to do something: It had been my lifelong ambition to coach a leading team.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] the feeling that you want very much to become successful, rich, famous etc
    a young woman with drive and ambition


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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