ambitious

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adjective am·bi·tious \am-ˈbi-shəs\

Definition of ambitious

  1. 1a :  having or controlled by ambition :  having a desire to be successful, powerful, or famous an ambitious young executiveb :  having a desire to achieve a particular goal :  aspiring ambitious for power

  2. 2 :  resulting from, characterized by, or showing ambition an ambitious film

ambitiously

adverb

ambitiousness

noun

Examples of ambitious in a Sentence

  1. The company was created by two very ambitious young men in the early 1900s.

  2. This 500-page book is her most ambitious effort yet.

  3. Your plans for the future are very ambitious.

  4. It was too ambitious a task for just one person.

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Origin and Etymology of ambitious

see 1ambition


First Known Use: 14th century



AMBITIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

ambitious

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Definition of ambitious for English Language Learners

  • : having ambition : having a desire to be successful, powerful, or famous

  • : not easily done or achieved : requiring or showing ambition


AMBITIOUS Defined for Kids

ambitious

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adjective am·bi·tious \am-ˈbi-shəs\

Definition of ambitious for Students

  1. 1 :  possessing a desire for success, honor, or power

  2. 2 :  not easily done or achieved She has an ambitious plan to become a doctor.

ambitiously

adverb


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