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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.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin ambitiōsus, equivalent to ambiti(ō) ambition + -ōsus -ous

ambitiously, adverb
ambitiousness, noun
nonambitious, adjective
nonambitiously, adverb
nonambitiousness, noun
overambitious, adjective
overambitiously, adverb
overambitiousness, noun
preambitious, adjective
preambitiously, adverb
superambitious, adjective
superambitiously, adverb
superambitiousness, noun
unambitious, adjective
unambitiously, adverb
unambitiousness, noun

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.

1. apathetic, lackadaisical.
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ambitious (æmˈbɪʃəs)
1.  having a strong desire for success or achievement; wanting power, money, etc
2.  necessitating extraordinary effort or ability: an ambitious project
3.  (often foll by of) having a great desire (for something or to do something)

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from L. ambitiosus "going around to canvass for office," from ambitio (see ambition).
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