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 Work closely with a partner to reach an ambitious joint goal. oregonlive, "Horoscope for May 14, 2020: Virgo, find a way around obstacles; Sagittarius, stick to the plan," 14 May 2020 The organization funding the Democracy Live pilot in West Virginia, though, Tusk Philanthropies, has much more ambitious long-term goals. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Online Voting Has Worked So Far. That Doesn’t Mean It's Safe," 12 May 2020 This week, Germany, one of the most visible allies of Ethiopia’s ambitious developmental goals extended $130 million to help salvage the economy and allow the government to extend tax initiatives to businesses hit by the pandemic. Samuel Getachew, Quartz Africa, "Ethiopia, once one of world’s fastest growing economies, is seeing carefully laid plans unravel," 7 May 2020 Enter the Billion Oyster Project What began as a science experiment on Governors Island has morphed into an ambitious goal: to reintroduce one billion oysters to the harbor by 2035. Outside Online, "The Scotch Whisky Brand Helping to Restore Oyster Reefs," 27 Apr. 2020 President Trump’s leadership style is to overpromise on budgets, timelines, and results and then use ambitious goals to drive his administration to deliver, say confidants. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Wall Street pushes for return to business as usual while Trump weighs coronavirus decision," 26 Mar. 2020 One spring weekend, dozens of academics from around the world gathered at the London School of Economics with an ambitious goal: to define populism. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "Populism Is Meaningless," 14 Mar. 2020 And while Sanders and Sunrise 2030 targets have come under fire from some energy wonks as unrealistic, Kammen said its ambitious goals are entirely feasible. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Joe Biden’s Sketchy Climate Record," 10 Mar. 2020 Macway left the French Laundry in 2015, around the time Keller undertook an ambitious $10 million renovation to the kitchen and wine cellar. Nick Rahaim, SFChronicle.com, "4 tips for getting the most out of your trip to Napa Valley," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of ambitious

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

History and Etymology for ambitious

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“Ambitious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ambitious. Accessed 25 May. 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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