What does ambitious mean?

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æmˈbɪʃ əsam·bi·tious

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ambitiousadjective

    having a strong desire for success or achievement

  2. ambitious, challengingadjective

    requiring full use of your abilities or resources

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


  1. ambitiousadjective

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

  2. ambitiousadjective

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

  3. ambitiousadjective

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

    an ambitious style

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ambitiousadjective

    Etymology: ambitiosus, Lat.

    The neighb’ring monarchs, by thy beauty led,
    Contend in crouds, ambitious of thy bed:
    The world is at thy choice, except but one,
    Except but him thou canst not choose alone. John Dryden, Fables.

    You have been pleased not to suffer an old man to go discontented out of the world, for want of that protection, of which he had been so long ambitious. Dryden.

    Trojan, a prince ambitious of glory, descended to the mouths of the Tigris and Euphrates, and went upon the ocean, where, seeing a vessel trading to the Indies, he had thoughts of outdoing Alexander. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    I have seen
    Th’ ambitious ocean swell, and rage, and foam,
    To be exalted with the threatening clouds. William Shakespeare, J. Cæs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ambitiousadjective

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

  2. Ambitiousadjective

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

  3. Ambitiousadjective

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

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

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of ambitious in a Sentence

  1. Jan Winburn:

    Working for Manuel meant looking forward to every day on the job. It was a demanding one, for sure, and Manuel held the bar high because he was an ambitious, talented and thoughtful journalist.

  2. Frans Timmermans:

    As for the European Commission, we will not slow down our work domestically or internationally to prepare for an ambitious COP26, when it takes place.

  3. Jonny Evans:

    I’m delighted to commit myself to the club, and delighted the club have committed themselves to me, i’ve loved it here since the day I came in. The players are ambitious... and it’s been great for me to come in alongside that and be a part of it.

  4. Khaldoon Al Mubarak:

    Today's expansion of our sovereign investment partnership will help accelerate funding and innovation in key sectors that are foundational to [ the ] economic growth of both nations, we are already developing ambitious energy transition, technology and infrastructure investment programs that create new jobs and strengthen commercial ties between our nations.

  5. Dejan Stojanovic:

    Statesmen are grocers, ambitious clowns.

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