ambitious

adjective
am·​bi·​tious | \ am-ˈbi-shəs How to pronounce ambitious (audio) \

Definition of ambitious

1a : having or controlled by ambition : having a desire to be successful, powerful, or famous an ambitious young executive
b : having a desire to achieve a particular goal : aspiring ambitious for power
2 : resulting from, characterized by, or showing ambition an ambitious film

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Other Words from ambitious

ambitiously adverb
ambitiousness noun

Examples of ambitious in a Sentence

The company was created by two very ambitious young men in the early 1900s. This 500-page book is her most ambitious effort yet. Your plans for the future are very ambitious. It was too ambitious a task for just one person.
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While Uber's plans are ambitious, the company still has some hurdles to get through before tests can truly begin. Allen Kim, CNN, "Uber may soon deliver Big Macs to you by drone," 12 June 2019 The target is more ambitious than the previous goal, which was to reduce emissions by 80% in 2050, from 1990 levels. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "'Standing By Is Not an Option:' U.K. Is the First G7 Country to Commit to a 'Net-Zero' Emissions Target," 12 June 2019 Tour the campus and learn the latest on the company’s ambitious projects, like self-driving cars. National Geographic, "High School Technology and Innovation Workshop in the Silicon Valley," 12 June 2019 The result is ambitious in scope if not necessarily groundbreaking, particularly for anyone deeply immersed in the legal system. Seth Stern, Washington Post, "A venture capitalist’s solutions for our troubled legal system," 7 June 2019 Those who were smart enough, ambitious enough, or ruthless enough got out and went somewhere else to make a better life. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "Where Our New World Begins," 10 May 2019 Channeling Capricorn, Allison Hargreeves is ambitious but her emotions can get the best of her. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "Which Superhero You Are According to Your Zodiac Sign," 26 Apr. 2019 And the five-year completion date announced by President Emmanuel Macron last week might be ambitious. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Notre Dame Cathedral Will Never Be the Same—and That's Ok," 19 Apr. 2019 That legacy, buoyed by the ongoing love for the Back to the Future films, keeps the car in the public imagination, and gave Wynne the ammunition to pursue a plan that's much more ambitious than simply getting a 36-year-old car back on the road. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Car Company That's Resurrecting the DeLorean," 18 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of ambitious

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ambitious

see ambition entry 1

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ambitious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ambitious

: having ambition : having a desire to be successful, powerful, or famous
: not easily done or achieved : requiring or showing ambition

ambitious

adjective
am·​bi·​tious | \ am-ˈbi-shəs How to pronounce ambitious (audio) \

Kids Definition of ambitious

1 : possessing a desire for success, honor, or power
2 : not easily done or achieved She has an ambitious plan to become a doctor.

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