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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Microsoft is unveiling an ambitious effort to overhaul its search experience in Office, Windows, Bing and more today. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft Search will power search results across Office, Windows, and more," 24 Sep. 2018 City staff and members of the Chamber of Commerce have engaged in ambitious efforts to lure craft brewers and investors located south of the border. David Hernandez, sandiegouniontribune.com, "National City looks to attract breweries south of the border," 28 June 2018 The Cartoon Saloon movie deal is part of a more ambitious video production effort. Fortune, "Apple's Big Content Plans Just Got Bigger—It Wants to Make Feature Films," 15 June 2018 Proponents acknowledged all the criticism, but countered that these weren’t good enough reasons for environmentalists to thwart an ambitious effort to tackle climate change. Kate Yoder, WIRED, "Can This State Finally Put a Price on Carbon?," 7 June 2018 So regardless of the beating their reputation has taken, Ivanka and Jared are clearly ambitious enough to believe that the price will be worth paying. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, "Does Ivanka Trump Really Want to Be President Someday?," 19 Mar. 2019 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

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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 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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