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ambitious

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adjective am·bi·tious \am-ˈbi-shəs\

Simple Definition of ambitious

  • : having ambition : having a desire to be successful, powerful, or famous

  • : not easily done or achieved : requiring or showing ambition

Full Definition of ambitious

  1. 1 a :  having or controlled by ambition <an ambitious young executive> b :  having a desire to achieve a particular goal :  aspiring <ambitious for power>

  2. 2 :  resulting from, characterized by, or showing ambition <an ambitious film>

am·bi·tious·ly adverb
am·bi·tious·ness noun

Examples of ambitious

  1. The company was created by two very ambitious young men in the early 1900s.

  2. This 500-page book is her most ambitious effort yet.

  3. Your plans for the future are very ambitious.

  4. It was too ambitious a task for just one person.



14th Century

First Known Use of ambitious

14th century



AMBITIOUS Defined for Kids

ambitious

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adjective am·bi·tious \am-ˈbi-shəs\

Definition of ambitious

  1. 1 :  possessing a desire for success, honor, or power

  2. 2 :  not easily done or achieved <She has an ambitious plan to become a doctor.>

am·bi·tious·ly adverb




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