What's the difference between aim and ambition? In my opinion, it is that we aim towards the ambition, so ambition would be a far thing and aim would be a way towards getting it. Is that correct?
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define: ambition on google returns two general definitions:
a cherished desire; "his ambition is to own his own business"
a strong drive for success
i.e., it can either mean that which you strive to achieve/acquire, or, if you "have" ambition, you have a driving need for success, you are very motivated.
Aim, on the other hand, only has one meaning, the same as #1 above.
Intention, purpose, goal.
You're aim or ambition could be to start your own company, but you could only have great ambition to start that company (i.e., you are very motivated to do so). Hope this helps. :)
The noun aim has several synonyms such as goal, objective, of which ambition is the grandest in scale and desire - one has ambitions for one's career, or personal life. An aim is also something one wishes to achieve, but is much shorter in term, and can be much greater in number.
In contrast, the verb to aim describes actions that may contribute towards the fulfilment of one's ambition - "I'm aiming to become a qualified instructor; my ambition is to be self-employed one day."