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Meaning of AMBITIOUS

Pronunciation:  am'bishus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  having a strong desire for success or achievement
  2. [adj]  requiring full use of your abilities or resources; "ambitious schedule"; "performed the most challenging task without a mistake"

AMBITIOUS is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: aggressive, aspirant, aspiring(a), challenging, compulsive, determined, difficult, driven, enterprising, hard, manque, overambitious, pushful, pushing, pushy, would-be(a)
 Antonyms: ambitionless, unambitious



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

         Yet Brutus says he was ambitious, And Brutus is an
         honorable man.                        --Shak.

2. Strongly desirous; -- followed by of or the infinitive;
   as, ambitious to be or to do something.

         I was not ambitious of seeing this ceremony.

         Studious of song, and yet ambitious not to sing in
         vain.                                 --Cowper.

3. Springing from, characterized by, or indicating, ambition;
   showy; aspiring; as, an ambitious style.

         A giant statue . . . Pushed by a wild and artless
         race, From off wide, ambitious base.  --Collins.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: adventuresome, adventurous, aggressive, anxious, aspiring, audacious, avaricious, avid, bold, careerist, careeristic, chimerical, classy, daring, driving, dynamic, eager, emulous, energetic, enterprising, enthusiastic, extravagant, fancy, flossy, forceful, go-ahead, grandiose, greedy, hard-working, highfalutin, highfaluting, high-flown, high-flying, high-reaching, high-toned, hopeful, hustling, impractical, indefatigable, keen, lofty, on the make, ostentatious, overambitious, overzealous, power-hungry, pretentious, pushful, pushing, pushy, sky-aspiring, social-climbing, tony, unrealistic, up-and-coming, utopian, vaulting, vaunting, venturesome, venturous, vigorous, visionary, yuppy, zealous