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 During his virtual climate summit attended by 40 other world leaders Thursday, Biden announced an ambitious goal of reducing the United States' greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52% below its 2005 emissions levels by 2030. Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN, "Buttigieg says climate summit an opportunity for US to regain moral leadership on crisis," 22 Apr. 2021 The company's more ambitious goal is to remove more carbon than is emitted from its operations and among its supplier base by 2040. Bruce Schreiner, ajc, "Behind production of a top-selling bourbon, push to go green," 21 Apr. 2021 Last summer, Apple set an ambitious goal of becoming entirely carbon neutral by 2030, fully 20 years sooner than the milestone the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has established. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Apple Just Made a Huge Investment in an Ancient Technology: Trees," 15 Apr. 2021 In 2017, three leading vaccine researchers submitted a grant application with an ambitious goal. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Vaccines that can protect against many coronaviruses could prevent another pandemic," 15 Apr. 2021 The country was in the midst of a historic reckoning over racial justice, and Facebook had just set an ambitious hiring goal of 30 percent more people of color in leadership by 2025. Washington Post, "A recruiter joined Facebook to help it meet its diversity targets. He says its hiring practices hurt people of color.," 6 Apr. 2021 Significant shifts would need to be made in how buildings are heated if Massachusetts is to reach that ambitious 2050 goal. BostonGlobe.com, "Heating oil industry fights Mass. effort to eliminate rebates for fossil fuel heating and appliances," 1 Apr. 2021 President Joe Biden on Thursday announced his administration's ambitious new goal of getting 200 million COVID-19 vaccination shots administered within his first 100 days in office. Christian Wade, Washington Examiner, "Sununu outlines final stages of New Hampshire's vaccine rollout," 26 Mar. 2021 Fudge set an ambitious goal during her briefing: to reduce the number of homeless people by 130,000 using additional resources provided to HUD under Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. Star Tribune, "More are homeless; no end in sight," 20 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of ambitious

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ambitious

Middle English ambicious "overweening, craving," borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French ambicieus "striving for success, seeking glory," borrowed from Latin ambitiōsus "anxious to win favor, eager for advancement," from ambitiō "act of soliciting for votes, desire for advancement" + -ōsus -ous — more at ambition entry 1

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“Ambitious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ambitious. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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