Definition of ambitious in English:


Syllabification: am·bi·tious
Pronunciation: /amˈbiSHəs


  • 1Having or showing a strong desire and determination to succeed: his mother was hard-working and ambitious for her four children
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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, motivated, enthusiastic, energetic, zealous, committed, purposeful, power-hungry
    informal go-getting, go-ahead
    eager, determined, enthusiastic, anxious, hungry, impatient, striving
  • 1.1(Of a plan or piece of work) intended to satisfy high aspirations and therefore difficult to achieve: the scope of the book is very ambitious 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.



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  • 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.


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  • 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.


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

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