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Line breaks: am|bi¦tious
Pronunciation: /amˈbɪʃəs

Definition of ambitious in English:


1Having or showing a strong desire and determination to succeed: a ruthlessly ambitious woman
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  • Is he ambitious and keen to succeed by seeing you enjoy commercial success?
  • As Cesarani demonstrates, Eichmann was an ambitious man determined to do his job well.
  • They were determined and ambitious in their playing, but their performances were a mixed bag.
aspiring, determined, forceful, pushy, enterprising, pioneering, progressive, eager, motivated, driven, enthusiastic, energetic, zealous, committed, go-ahead, go-getting, purposeful, assertive, aggressive, hungry, power-hungry
informal on the make
eager, determined, enthusiastic, desirous, anxious, hungry, impatient, striving, yearning, longing, wishing, itching, dying, hoping, avid, hankering;
intent on
informal raring
1.1(Of a plan or piece of work) intended to satisfy high aspirations and therefore difficult to achieve: an ambitious enterprise
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  • The project proposes the most ambitious plans for the parish church in over 100 years.
  • It was a bold and ambitious plan that took no account of the terrain or local conditions.
  • To make the ambitious plans work, the house next door also had to be bought.
bold, grandiose, extravagant, monumental
informal killing, hellish
British informal knackering
archaic toilsome


late Middle English: from Old French ambitieux or Latin ambitiosus, from ambitio (see ambition).



Example sentences
  • Most ambitiously, in 1961 an 11-metre-tall Jacob Epstein sculpture was displayed on the roof of Waverley Market.
  • He dealt with something ambitiously named ‘life coaching’, which is a service that some businesses provide for top staff.
  • ‘I see us competing for the national championship,’ he declared ambitiously.


Example sentences
  • She tried to figure out when she lost her drive, her ambitiousness, when she lost her will power.
  • Inherent in this are his qualities of individuality, ambitiousness, justice, and straightforwardness.
  • But it has a depth and ambitiousness that are worthy of praise.

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