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Definition of "ambitious" []

  • Full of, characterized by, or motivated by ambition. (adjective)
  • Greatly desirous; eager: "I am not ambitious of ridicule” ( Edmund Burke). (adjective)
  • Requiring or showing much effort; challenging: an ambitious schedule. (adjective)
  • Having a strong desire for success or achievement; wanting power, money, etc (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Necessitating extraordinary effort or ability (adjective)
  • Having a great desire (for something or to do something) (adjective)

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Use "ambitious" in a sentence
  • "I hear from professional women each day that the term "ambitious" has negative connotations for them."
  • "He has faced setbacks in what he calls an "ambitious" plan, including a management shake-up at the core French operations."
  • "NEWTON: Well, in this case, I think the Iraqis should be commended because they've learned one of the lessons in early tribunals was to what I call ambitious overcharging."