[n] the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing
[n] a will to succeed
[n] a manner of articulation involving an audible release of breath
[n] a cherished desire; "his ambition is to own his own business"
ambition, ambitiousness, American Dream, articulation, breath, breathing, desire, drag, emulation, external respiration, gasp, nationalism, pant, puff, pull, respiration, ventilation
\As`pi*ra"tion\, n. [L. aspiratio, fr. aspirare: cf. F. aspiration.]
1. The act of aspirating; the pronunciation of a letter with a full or strong emission of breath; an aspirated sound. If aspiration be defined to be an impetus of breathing. --Wilkins.
2. The act of breathing; a breath; an inspiration.
3. The act of aspiring of a ardently desiring; strong wish; high desire. ``Aspirations after virtue.'' --Johnson. Vague aspiration after military renown. --Prescott.