EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective 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 1350–1400; Middle English
-ōsus -ous Related forms am·bi·tious·ly, adverb am·bi·tious·ness, noun non·am·bi·tious, adjective non·am·bi·tious·ly, adverb non·am·bi·tious·ness, noun o·ver·am·bi·tious, adjective o·ver·am·bi·tious·ly, adverb o·ver·am·bi·tious·ness, noun un·am·bi·tious, adjective un·am·bi·tious·ly, adverb un·am·bi·tious·ness, noun Synonym study 1. Ambitious, aspiring, enterprising describe a person who wishes to rise above his or her present position or condition. The ambitious person wishes to attain worldly success, and puts forth effort toward this end: ambitious for social position. The enterprising person, interested especially in wealth, is characterized by energy and daring in undertaking projects. The aspiring person wishes to rise (mentally or spiritually) to a higher level or plane, or to attain some end above ordinary expectations.
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Examples from the Web for ambitiously Contemporary Examples of ambitiously Historical Examples of ambitiously
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No other American has written so artfully, so happily, or so
ambitiously in this field.
His much too
ambitiously titled Mélanges Littéraires turn to stories, though stories touched with the polisson brush.
The number of his concubines and his wives has been
ambitiously celebrated by Christian writers.
Also, besides the birds, he occasionally glimpsed whole sheets of newspapers as they
ambitiously voyaged above the house tops. British Dictionary definitions for ambitiously adjective having a strong desire for success or achievement; wanting power, money, etc necessitating extraordinary effort or ability an ambitious project ( often foll by of) having a great desire (for something or to do something) Derived Forms ambitiously, adverb ambitiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for ambitiously adj.
late 14c., from Latin
ambitiosus "going around to canvass for office," from ambitio (see ambition). Related: Ambitiously.
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