- having ambition; eagerly desirous of achieving or obtaining success, power, wealth, a specific goal, etc.: ambitious students.
- showing or caused by ambition or an earnest desire for achievement or distinction: an ambitious attempt to break the record for number of wins in a single season.
- strongly desirous; eager: ambitious of love and approval.
- requiring exceptional effort, ability, etc.: The candidate is proposing an ambitious program for eliminating all slums.
Origin of ambitious
Antonyms for ambitious
Related Words for ambitiousenergetic, enthusiastic, earnest, determined, aggressive, resourceful, grandiose, visionary, arduous, demanding, bold, impressive, difficult, challenging, anxious, ardent, aspiring, avid, designing, desirous
Examples from the Web for ambitious
Contemporary Examples of ambitious
As part of their ambitious film schedule, Marvel has cast British actor Benedict Cumberbatch to play the doctor in 2016.The Flying Sorcery of Dr. Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Marvel's Most Bizarre Magician
December 8, 2014
Without the community, the ultimate destiny of any preservation project, no matter how ambitious, will be short-lived.For Rent: Priceless Historic Sites
November 16, 2014
Smart and ambitious, he seemed to epitomize the success of that northern migration experienced by millions of southern blacks.‘The Prince of Chocolate City’: When Gil Scott-Heron Became A Music Icon
November 15, 2014
Although not his most ambitious work, this novel is a wonderful example of Johnson operating in his most readable mode.Denis Johnson’s Beautiful Apocalypse
November 13, 2014
There are precious few large-scale, ambitious, original works.Christopher Nolan Uncut: On ‘Interstellar,’ Ben Affleck’s Batman, and the Future of Mankind
November 10, 2014
Historical Examples of ambitious
He had not come back to woo, but as the old friend, ambitious of helpfulness.The Bacillus of Beauty
Ferdinand is the most ambitious man in Europe, false also if it serves his purpose.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
A few thousands a year is my most ambitious figure for a wife.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
The waiting, the loneliness and the suspense were terrible to one so young, and so ambitious.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Vargrave, I am ambitious, worldly: I own it; but I could give up all for you!Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
- having a strong desire for success or achievement; wanting power, money, etc
- necessitating extraordinary effort or abilityan ambitious project
- (often foll by of) having a great desire (for something or to do something)
Word Origin and History for ambitious
late 14c., from Latin ambitiosus "going around to canvass for office," from ambitio (see ambition). Related: Ambitiously.