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 city is ahead of an ambitious goal to build 70,000 new units of housing by 2030. BostonGlobe.com, "But will she run for mayor in 2021? And can she win?," 27 Nov. 2019 Even the less ambitious goal of capping global warming at 2C (3.6 F) would require annual emissions cuts of 2.7% between 2020 and 2030, the UNEP said. Jamey Keaten, Anchorage Daily News, "Continued international procrastination will doom Earth to dramatic warming, UN says," 26 Nov. 2019 Even the less ambitious goal of capping global warming at 2C (3.6 F) would require annual emissions cuts of 2.7% between 2020 and 2030, the agency said. Washington Post, "UN: ‘Quick wins’ needed to keep climate goals within reach," 26 Nov. 2019 Even the less ambitious goal of capping global warming at 2C (3.6 F) would require annual emissions cuts of 2.7% between 2020 and 2030, UNEP said. Jamey Keaten, chicagotribune.com, "U.N. climate change report says ‘quick wins’ needed to reduce emissions immediately — or risk potentially dire consequences," 26 Nov. 2019 The congregation set an ambitious goal of completing the new church to coincide with St. John’s 75th anniversary in December 1932. Paula Allen, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s ‘Rooster church’ celebrates Depression-era renewal," 16 Nov. 2019 And Borscht does it with playful irreverence and an ambitious goal: Only movies about Miami, created or commissioned by Miami filmmakers, says Brett Potter, Borscht’s chairman. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "'The city still needs Borscht’: Souped-up Borscht Film Festival screening weird art films in Miami," 15 Nov. 2019 But Murdock and his team was determined to challenge that notion and set an ambitious goal: build a cooler with thinner walls than the Tundra, which are two- to three-inches thick, that could retain ice 50-percent better. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "We Tested Yeti's New V Series. It's Even Better than the Tundra.," 11 Nov. 2019 Other western states, such as California and Colorado, have much more ambitious goals for reducing carbon emissions. Ian James, azcentral, "'Climate 2020' conference focuses on solutions for Arizona as planet heats up," 11 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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Cite this Entry

“Ambitious.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ambitiousness. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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