(uncountable, countable) Eager or inordinate desire for some object that confers distinction, as preferment, honor, superiority, political power, or literary fame; desire to distinguish one's self from other people.
- My son, John, wants to be a firefighter very much. He has a lot of ambition .
(countable) An object of an ardent desire.
- the pitiful ambition of possessing five or six thousand more acres
A desire, as in (sense 1), for another person to achieve these things.
(uncountable) A personal quality similar to motivation, not necessarily tied to a single goal.
(obsolete) The act of going about to solicit or obtain an office, or any other object of desire; canvassing.
- My ambition is to own a helicopter.
- [I] used no ambition to commend my deeds.
To seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet.
- Pausanias, ambitioning the sovereignty of Greece, bargains with Xerxes for his daughter in marriage. — Trumbull.
From (etyl) aventure, aunter, anter, from (etyl) aventure, from , which in the Romance languages took the sense of "to happen, befall" (see also advene).
The encountering of risks; hazardous and striking enterprise; a bold undertaking, in which hazards are to be encountered, and the issue is staked upon unforeseen events; a daring feat.
A remarkable occurrence; a striking event; a stirring incident; as, the adventures of one's life.
- He loved excitement and adventure .
A mercantile or speculative enterprise of hazard; a venture; a shipment by a merchant on his own account.
(video games) A text adventure or an adventure game.
* 1984 , Spyplane'' (review, in ''Crash , issue 4, May 1984) [http://www.crashonline.org.uk/04/spyplne.htm]
- (Francis Bacon)
* 1988 , Mike Gerrard, The Guild Of Thieves'' (review, in ''Your Sinclair , issue 29, May 1988) [http://www.ysrnry.co.uk/articles/theguildofthieves.htm]
- The first thing to strike me about Spyplane was that it is more like a verbal simulation than an adventure .
* 1992 , Larry Horsfield, The SU Guide to Playing and Writing Adventure Games'' (in ''Sinclair User magazine, issue 128, October 1992)
- To sum up, I think this is definitely one of the best adventures around for the Spectrum now, along with Gnome Ranger
(obsolete) That which happens without design; chance; hazard; hap; hence, chance of danger or loss.
- Before you sit down in front of your Speccy to play an adventure , equip yourself with a pencil, eraser and plenty of paper. This so that you may draw a 'map' of the adventure as you move around.
(obsolete) Risk; danger; peril.
- Nay, a far less good to man it will be found, if she must, at all adventures , be fastened upon him individually.
- He was in great adventure of his life.
* (remarkable occurrence) boredom
* abstention, peradventure, unadventurous
From (etyl) aventuren, auntren, which from (etyl) aventurer, from aventure.
To risk or hazard; jeopard; venture.
* Bible, Acts xix. 31
To venture upon; to run the risk of; to dare.
- He would not adventure himself into the theatre.
* J. Taylor
- Yet they adventured to go back.
To try the chance; to take the risk.
- Discriminations might be adventured .