• (America) IPA: /æmˈbɪʃ.əs/

ambitious (comparative ambitiouser, superlative ambitiousest)

  1. (of a person or their character) Having or showing ambition; wanting a lot of power, honor, respect, superiority, or other distinction.
    an ambitious person
    someone's ambitious nature
    • 1891, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Man with the Twisted Lip,"
      As I grew richer I grew more ambitious, took a house in the country, and eventually married, without anyone having a suspicion as to my real occupation.
  2. (followed by "of" or the infinitive) Very desirous
  3. Resulting from, characterized by, or indicating, ambition
    Synonyms: showy, aspiring
    an ambitious project
    an ambitious style
    an ambitious attempt to take power
    an ambitious plan
    an ambitious goal
  4. Hard to achieve.
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