Ambitious

  • 1 ambitious — 1 Ambitious, emulous both mean extremely desirous of something that will give one power, fame, success, or riches. Ambitious often implies inordinate, sometimes presumptuous, eagerness to advance oneself or to attain something beyond one’s… …

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  • 2 Ambitious — Am*bi tious, a. [L. ambitiosus: cf. F. ambitieux. See {Ambition}.] 1. Possessing, or controlled by, ambition; greatly or inordinately desirous of power, honor, office, superiority, or distinction. [1913 Webster] Yet Brutus says he was ambitious,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 ambitious — UK US /æmˈbɪʃəs/ adjective ► having a strong wish to be successful: »an ambitious young lawyer »I make no secret of the fact that I am very ambitious. ► if a plan or idea is ambitious, it needs a lot of skill and effort to be successful or be… …

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  • 4 ambitious — [am bish′əs] adj. [ME ambicious < L ambitiosus, seeking favor < ambitio: see AMBITION] 1. full of or showing ambition 2. greatly desirous (of something); eager for 3. demanding great effort, skill, enterprise, etc. [an ambitious… …

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  • 5 ambitious — [adj1] desiring success aggressive, anxious, ardent, aspiring, avid, ball of fire*, bent upon, climbing, come on, come on strong, designing, desirous, determined, driving, eager, eager beaver*, earnest, energetic, enterprising, enthusiastic,… …

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  • 6 ambitious — index eager, solicitous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 7 ambitious — (adj.) late 14c., from L. ambitiosus going around to canvass for office, from ambitio (see AMBITION (Cf. ambition)). Related: Ambitiously …

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  • 8 ambitious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having or showing ambition. 2) intended to meet a high standard and therefore difficult to achieve. DERIVATIVES ambitiously adverb ambitiousness noun …

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  • 9 ambitious — ambitiously, adv. ambitiousness, n. /am bish euhs/, adj. 1. having ambition; eagerly desirous of achieving or obtaining success, power, wealth, a specific goal, etc.: ambitious students. 2. showing or caused by ambition: an ambitious attempt to… …

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  • 10 ambitious — am•bi•tious [[t]æmˈbɪʃ əs[/t]] adj. 1) having ambition; eagerly desirous of achieving or obtaining success, power, wealth, etc.: an ambitious student[/ex] 2) showing or caused by ambition; requiring exceptional effort, ability, etc.: an ambitious …

    From formal English to slang

  • 11 ambitious — am|bi|tious [æmˈbıʃəs] adj 1.) determined to be successful, rich, powerful etc ▪ Alfred was intensely ambitious, obsessed with the idea of becoming rich. ambitious for ▪ mothers who are highly ambitious for their children (=who want their… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 ambitious — [[t]æmbɪ̱ʃəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Someone who is ambitious has a strong desire to be successful, rich, or powerful. Chris is so ambitious, so determined to do it all... He s a very ambitious lad and he wants to play at the highest level. Ant:… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 ambitious — adj. 1 determined to be successful VERBS ▪ be, seem ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc. ▪ highly …

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  • 14 ambitious — am|bi|tious [ æm bıʃəs ] adjective ** 1. ) determined to be successful, rich, famous, etc.: an ambitious young lawyer ambitious for someone (=determined that someone will succeed): Her parents were intensely ambitious for her and her younger… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 ambitious — adjective 1 determined to be successful, rich, powerful etc: an ambitious and hard working junior manager | be ambitious for sb (=want them to be very successful): Mothers are often highly ambitious for their children. 2 an ambitious plan, idea… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 ambitious */*/ — UK [æmˈbɪʃəs] / US adjective 1) determined to be successful, rich, famous etc an ambitious young lawyer ambitious for someone (= determined that someone will succeed): Her parents were intensely ambitious for her and her younger sister. 2) an… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 ambitious — adj. (formal) (esp. BE) ambitious to + inf. (she is ambitious to succeed) * * * [æm bɪʃəs] (formal) (esp. BE) ambitious to + inf. (she is ambitious to succeed) …

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  • 18 ambitious — adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. having or controlled by ambition < an ambitious young executive > b. having a desire to achieve a particular goal ; aspiring < ambitious for power > 2. resulting …

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  • 19 ambitious — adjective /æmˈbɪʃ.əs/ a) Possessing, or controlled by ambition; greatly or inordinately desirous of power, honor, office, superiority, or distinction. As I grew richer I grew more ambitious, took a house in the country, and eventually married,… …

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  • 20 ambitious — adjective 1) an energetic and ambitious politician Syn: aspiring, determined, forceful, pushy, enterprising, motivated, enthusiastic, energetic, zealous, committed, purposeful, power hungry; informal go getting, go ahead Ant …

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