Definitions for ambitiousæmˈbɪʃ əs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

am•bi•tious*æmˈbɪʃ əs(adj.)

  1. having ambition; eagerly desirous of achieving or obtaining success, power, wealth, etc.:

    an ambitious student.

  2. showing or caused by ambition; requiring exceptional effort, ability, etc.:

    an ambitious program for fighting crime.

  3. strongly desirous; eager:

    ambitious of love.

* Syn: ambitious , enterprising describe a person who wishes to rise above his or her present position or condition. An ambitious person strives for worldly success; such efforts may be admired or frowned on by others: an ambitious college graduate; an ambitious social climber. An enterprising person is characterized by energy and daring in undertaking projects: This company needs an enterprising new manager.

Origin of ambitious:

1350–1400; ME < L ambitiōsus = ambiti(ōn)- ambition+ -ōsus -ous


Princeton's WordNet

  1. ambitious(adj)

    having a strong desire for success or achievement

  2. ambitious, challenging(adj)

    requiring full use of your abilities or resources

    "ambitious schedule"; "performed the most challenging task without a mistake"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ambitious(adjective)æmˈbɪʃ əs

    having a strong desire to achieve

    an ambitious young dancer

  2. ambitiousæmˈbɪʃ əs

    requiring a lot of skill and effort

    an ambitious plan


  1. ambitious(Adjective)

    Possessing, or controlled by ambition; greatly or inordinately desirous of power, honor, office, superiority, or distinction.

  2. ambitious(Adjective)

    Strongly desirousfollowed by "of" or the infinitive; as, ambitious to be or to do something.

  3. ambitious(Adjective)

    Springing from, characterized by, or indicating, ambition; showy; aspiring.

    an ambitious style

  4. Origin: From ambitious, from *, from ambitiosus, from ambitio; see ambition. Compare with French ambitieux.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ambitious(adj)

    possessing, or controlled by, ambition; greatly or inordinately desirous of power, honor, office, superiority, or distinction

  2. Ambitious(adj)

    strongly desirous; -- followed by of or the infinitive; as, ambitious to be or to do something

  3. Ambitious(adj)

    springing from, characterized by, or indicating, ambition; showy; aspiring; as, an ambitious style

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ambitious' in Adjectives Frequency: #748

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


He is very ambitious; That plan is too ambitious.

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