ambitious

[ am-bish-uhs ]
/ æmˈbɪʃ əs /

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 < Latin ambitiōsus, equivalent to ambiti(ō) ambition + -ōsus -ous

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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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British Dictionary definitions for unambitious (1 of 2)

unambitious

/ (ˌʌnæmˈbɪʃəs) /

adjective

lacking in ambitionthey were unambitious for their daughters

British Dictionary definitions for unambitious (2 of 2)

ambitious

/ (æmˈbɪʃəs) /

adjective

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)

Derived Forms

ambitiously, adverbambitiousness, noun
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