ambitious

adjective
am·bi·tious | \ am-ˈbi-shəs \

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 eventually resulted in the 2011 creation of Terrain Exhibitions, an ambitious curatorial project where Ott and Paulett invited artists to exhibit site-specific work from their front porch. Kt Hawbaker, chicagotribune.com, "Sabina Ott, 'Artist Mother of Chicago,' dies at 62," 26 June 2018 The Taycan is Porsche AG's first car to compete directly with electric leader Tesla Inc., as the German manufacturer gears up for what might be its most ambitious, riskiest vehicle project ever. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg’s Week in Pictures," 14 June 2018 Your ambitious, outgoing grad student self and your introverted, rerun-watching shut-in self are about to have an incredible adventure together. Heather Havrilesky, The Cut, "‘I’m Starting a New Life, But There’s So Much Pressure to Get It Right!’," 30 May 2018 El-Sayed’s plan for a public option for the internet is the most ambitious yet. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "A Public Option for the Internet," 8 May 2018 The Philadelphia School District is about to embark on its ambitious plan to clean up toxic lead paint in 40 schools. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Pickleball takes over the Jersey Shore, Pa. Supreme Court donations in question | Morning Newsletter," 12 July 2018 Closing arguments began Monday, July 9, in the corruption trial over an ambitious upstate New York redevelopment plan known as the Buffalo Billion, with a prosecutor alleging a cover-up by defendants. Washington Post, "2 political corruption trials unfold in same NYC courthouse," 11 July 2018 The answer is important for Southland water ratepayers because their monthly bills would rise to bankroll most of the ambitious project. George Skelton, latimes.com, "What do Southern Californians really get out of Gov. Jerry Brown's twin tunnels project?," 12 July 2018 The dual graduation of Loon and Wing—both big, ambitious, projects—marks a watershed for X and perhaps the moment when the secretive research and design division starts to make good on its mission. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018

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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 \

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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ambitiously adverb

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