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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Recent Examples on the Web The rollback would be one of the most ambitious of the Trump administration's wide-ranging cuts in federal protections on the environment and public health. CBS News, "Trump administration eases federal restrictions on streams and wetlands," 23 Jan. 2020 Afterward, American military leaders began cultivating M.B.Z., who became a military officer and had begun to emerge as the most ambitious and competent of Zayed’s children. New York Times, "Mohammed bin Zayed’s Dark Vision of the Middle East’s Future," 9 Jan. 2020 Nio may be the most famous, but WM is perhaps the most ambitious. The Economist, "China has never mastered internal-combustion engines," 2 Jan. 2020 There’s no denying the force of the material here nor of the ambitious, decades-spanning, multi-angle tale that the series tells. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The R. Kelly Story Is Bigger Than Most People Know," 2 Jan. 2020 This project would have been one of the most ambitious of all, with trains traveling the roughly 85 miles between Tampa and Orlando at top speeds of 170 miles. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "A decade ago, the US was promised high-speed rail—so where is it?," 27 Dec. 2019 The men of One Direction are each taking their own direction, but Styles' proves the most ambitious ( Take notes, Liam Payne ). Mark Kennedy, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Harry Styles ‘steps into the light’ with great album," 9 Dec. 2019 The symbolic move urges the European Union's executive branch to align its activities to limit global warming to under 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels, the more ambitious of two targets set out in the 2015 Paris climate accord. Arkansas Online, "Climate ralliers throng cities, call for change," 30 Nov. 2019 The arguments over the project pit ambitious development plans against historical preservation and poorer citizens against government and big business. Washington Post, "A Turkish dam is about to flood one of the oldest continuously settled places on Earth," 27 Nov. 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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The first known use of ambitious was in the 14th century

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“Ambitious.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ambitious. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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ambitious

adjective
How to pronounce ambitious (audio)

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.

Other Words from ambitious

ambitiously adverb

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