What does ambitious mean?

Definitions for ambitious
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.


  1. ambitious

    Ambitious refers to having or showing a strong desire and determination to achieve success, accomplish goals, or attain something of value. It often involves setting high standards or aiming for excellence. It can also mean having a desire for personal advancement or seeking power.

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. Ron Dennis:

    I first approached Jost last summer, he is an extremely impressive, competitive and ambitious individual, who comes to us with a very wide range of automotive and motorsport experience.

  2. Lynn Rusten:

    An overly ambitious approach will be unnecessarily risky, you can have the belt and suspenders, and start to lay the groundwork for a more ambitious agreement. But I don't think getting rid of the belt and suspenders enhances chances of getting the more ambitious agreement.

  3. Richard Feachem:

    For too long, malaria eradication has been a distant dream, but now we have evidence that malaria can and should be eradicated by 2050, we must ... challenge ourselves with ambitious targets and commit to the bold action needed to meet them.

  4. Scott Morrison:

    This is an ambitious target but ... as indeed I have said on many occasions, we will meet our 2030 targets at a canter.

  5. Bob Iger:

    The goal was to be ambitious, really ambitious, to be bold, but not only bold in terms of scale, but in terms of detail, artistry, technology, and to make sure first and foremost that we are pleasing the most ardent 'Star Wars' fan.

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