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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.

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. Change Minister Catherine McKenna:

    But I don't like just looking at one particular development. We are looking at how we are going to make progress toward a low-carbon economy. We are going to be looking at a whole range of solutions so that we ... have an ambitious, pan-Canadian plan to do our part.

  2. United States:

    With China becoming increasingly strong and ambitious, we are faced with growing threats, our challenge is whether our independent existence, security, prosperity and democracy can be maintained. This is the biggest issue for January Taiwan.

  3. George Beebe:

    Most Russians see U.S. relations as a fundamental source of the relationship's problems, in their view, Washington grew too ambitious in the aftermath of the Cold War. It attempted to remake Russia and remake the world according to American preferences and this from the Russian point of view proved to be disastrous.It helped to produce the collapse of the Russian state during the 1990s. It led to destabilizing wars in the Middle East and Central Asia. It produced a long series of punitive sanctions by the U.S. meant to coerce Moscow into submission.And rather than pursuing Gorbachev's bold vision of a common European home that included Russia in the broad security architecture, the U.S. opted to make NATO the foundation for European security, to bring NATO closer to Russia's borders.

  4. Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancelin:

    The uniquely challenging year of 2020 for all of society proved to be an extraordinary proof-of-concept period for Moderna, even as we have shown that our mRNA-based vaccine can prevent COVID-19, this has encouraged us to pursue more-ambitious development programs within our prophylactic vaccines modality.

  5. Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete:

    It must be an ambitious agreement. I have established our priorities and we are going to fight for them, it will be an extremely difficult negotiation, but what I have seen is that there is political will.

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    a convex shape that narrows toward a point
    • A. hypostatization
    • B. taper
    • C. tithe
    • D. auspices

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