ambitious

adjective
am·​bi·​tious | \ am-ˈbi-shəs How to pronounce ambitious (audio) \

Definition of ambitious

1a : having or controlled by ambition : having a desire to be successful, powerful, or famous an ambitious young executive
b : having a desire to achieve a particular goal : aspiring ambitious for power
2 : resulting from, characterized by, or showing ambition an ambitious film

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Other Words from ambitious

ambitiously adverb
ambitiousness noun

Examples of ambitious in a Sentence

The company was created by two very ambitious young men in the early 1900s. This 500-page book is her most ambitious effort yet. Your plans for the future are very ambitious. It was too ambitious a task for just one person.
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Recent Examples on the Web One of the biggest plasma research sites, Johns Hopkins Medicine, has ambitious plans to recruit more than 1,000 volunteers nationwide to receive plasma or a placebo. NBC News, "Work on hydroxychloroquine delayed promising studies of convalescent plasma," 6 Aug. 2020 The organization has an ambitious goal of doubling the amount of produce provided to social service organizations through its Fresh Access program this year. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 6 Aug. 2020 Smith said the organization's philosophy is to encourage children to set an ambitious goal for their life to drive their learning. Lily Altavena, The Arizona Republic, "Here's how many more students will be home-schooled in Maricopa County this fall," 6 Aug. 2020 Thrust 2's record still stood when Noble decided to aim for a more ambitious goal. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "With Richard Noble Out of the Game, Has the Car Reached Its Speed Limit?," 6 Aug. 2020 Operation Warp Speed has set an ambitious goal of delivering 300 million doses of a safe, effective vaccine by January. Natalie Dean, Star Tribune, "The right way to get a vaccine at 'warp speed'," 5 Aug. 2020 So for a theater built in the 1920s, the future was bright, until the pandemic hit, throwing a wrench into their ambitious plans and shrouding the futures of each venue in doubt. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Outbreak Alabama: Historic theaters in ‘grave situation’," 4 Aug. 2020 The new government got distracted by ambitious plans to annex parts of the West Bank in the face of international criticism. Washington Post, "Israelis angry at Netanyahu over new outbreak, economic pain," 10 July 2020 Mam-Luft, 39, has ambitious plans for the merged organization. David Lyman, The Enquirer, "Contemporary Dance Theater to merge with MamLuft&Co. Dance," 25 June 2020

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First Known Use of ambitious

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ambitious

see ambition entry 1

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The first known use of ambitious was in the 14th century

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“Ambitious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ambitious. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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ambitious

adjective
How to pronounce ambitious (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ambitious

: having ambition : having a desire to be successful, powerful, or famous
: not easily done or achieved : requiring or showing ambition

ambitious

adjective
am·​bi·​tious | \ am-ˈbi-shəs How to pronounce ambitious (audio) \

Kids Definition of ambitious

1 : possessing a desire for success, honor, or power
2 : not easily done or achieved She has an ambitious plan to become a doctor.

Other Words from ambitious

ambitiously adverb

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