having ambition; eagerly desirous of achieving or obtaining success, power, wealth, a specific goal, etc.: ambitious students.
showing or caused by ambition: an ambitious attempt to break the record.
strongly desirous; eager: ambitious of love and approval.
requiring exceptional effort, ability, etc.: an ambitious program for eliminating all slums.
Origin: 1350–1400;Middle English < Latinambitiōsus, equivalent to ambiti(ō) ambition + -ōsus-ous
Synonyms 1. Ambitious, aspiring, enterprising describe a person who wishes to rise above his or her present position or condition. The ambitious person wishes to attain worldly success, and puts forth effort toward this end: ambitious for social position. The enterprising person, interested especially in wealth, is characterized by energy and daring in undertaking projects. The aspiring person wishes to rise (mentally or spiritually) to a higher level or plane, or to attain some end above ordinary expectations.