ambition-n; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: a personal goal

Commentary: AMBITION[+state][+goal][+personal]
NOTE: refers to an external achievement or goal, -not- the desire to achieve it.
NOTE: ambition BE X

Sally realized her ambition of starting her own Internet game company.
His greatest ambition in life is to become President of the United States.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a general personality trait of drive, motivation

Commentary: AMBITION[+quality][+trait][+personality][+motivation][+strong]
NOTE: refers to a general characteristic or trait of personal motivation, desire
NOTE: Does not refer to a specific goal )Sense 1)

The schools need to provide greater challenges for the students with intelligence and ambition.
Mary's daughter has the talent, but not enough ambition, to compete at the Olympic level of figure skating.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: a temporary physiological state of feeling energized

Commentary: AMBITION[+state][+physiological][+temporary][+energized]
NOTE: refers to a specific physiological state in time, not a general personality trait (Sense 2)

John felt sick and had no ambition after he broke up with his girlfriend.
Many patients exhibit more ambition with higher doses of the medication.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)