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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Related Words for over-ambitious grandiose
flamboyant Examples from the Web for over-ambitious Historical Examples of over-ambitious
We have been
over-ambitious, we wanted to do things too well!
Thus doth fate pursue the
over-ambitious and wreck their plans.
You think, perhaps, that I 'm employing an
over-ambitious phrase, but I am not.
It is the
over-ambitious singer, the singer who forces a small, light organ to do heavy work, who develops the tremolo.
But that which he covets comes not to the jealous one, nor power to him who thirsts for it, nor honor to the
over-ambitious. British Dictionary definitions for over-ambitious 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 over-ambitious adj.
late 14c., from Latin
ambitiosus "going around to canvass for office," from ambitio (see ambition). Related: Ambitiously.
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