Definition of ambitious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//æmˈbɪʃəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//æmˈbɪʃəs//
    Job skills and personal qualities
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  1. 1determined to be successful, rich, powerful, etc. a fiercely ambitious young manager They were very ambitious for their children (= they wanted them to be successful). See related entries: Job skills and personal qualities
  2. 2needing a lot of effort, money or time to succeed the government’s ambitious plans for social reform Jogging every morning? That’s very ambitious, isn’t it?
  3. opposite unambitious
    Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French ambitieux or Latin ambitiosus, from ambitio, from ambire ‘go around (canvassing for votes)’.Extra examples Phases 2 and 3 seem overly ambitious. She is very ambitious for her four children. The book is ambitious in scope. I am very ambitious. Nothing means more to me than winning. I’m not ambitious enough to try for the top. I’ve never been particularly ambitious. She’s a great student—dedicated, hardworking and ambitious. The students are all ambitious to do well. They became fiercely ambitious for the boy.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ambitious