What does ambitious mean?

Definitions for ambitiousæmˈbɪʃ əs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ambitious.

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"

Wiktionary

  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

  4. Origin: [L. ambitiosus: cf. F. ambitieux. See Ambition.]

Editors Contribution

  1. ambitious

    An innate human quality of being motivated to achieve and succeed.

    All our family are ambitious, each with a different ambitions and motivated to success.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ambitious in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ambitious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. President Dilma Rousseff:

    We have one of the world's largest populations and GDP, and our targets are as ambitious or more ambitious than those of developed countries.

  2. Maya Angelou:

    In order to be profoundly dishonest, a person must have one of two qualities either he is unscrupulously ambitious, or he is unswervingly egocentric.

  3. Robert Burton:

    Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top.

  4. Margaret Fuller:

    It is not because the touch of genius has roused genius to production, but because the admiration of genius has made talent ambitious, that the harvest is still so abundant.

  5. Arnold J. Toynbee:

    It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.

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