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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This is Not a Love Song by Brendan Mathews No gimmicks here, no story cycles, or postmodern experiments in form, Brendan Mathews’s lovely, quietly ambitious debut collection, This is Not A Love Song, is simply a stirring exercise in world building. Vogue, "Need a Read? Here Are 4 New Books We're Loving," 26 Feb. 2019 Lamster captures a brilliant, restless, conniving, ambitious man. Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times, "A closer look at three National Book Critics Circle finalists," 20 Feb. 2019 Single-payer supporters see this as another failure of the ACA and the need for more ambitious reforms. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Is employer-sponsored insurance really a good deal for workers?," 7 Feb. 2019 Find out what this ambitious console implies about the future of gaming. Pcworld Staff, PCWorld, "PCWorld's February Digital Magazine: Inside Project Athena," 6 Feb. 2019 Norton Museum Trustee Gil Maurer, director of the Hearst Foundations and a member of the board of directors of Hearst, ELLE Decor's parent company, helped to oversee the ambitious overhaul. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Palm Beach's Norton Museum of Art Gets a Major New Expansion From Foster + Partners," 5 Feb. 2019 The Void seemed like an ambitious but risky project. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: AR and VR," 30 Dec. 2018 Today, the $31-billion company announced Backyard, an ambitious but so far vague new project from Samara. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Is Airbnb’s next move building houses?," 29 Nov. 2018 This has put Wynne’s ambitious plans on hold for the moment, but not canceled. 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

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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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