Adjective "ambitious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having or showing a strong desire and determination to succeed.
  1. 'But the band does sound ambitious and hungry to progress to bigger and better things.'
  2. 'We are ambitious and we want the best for the population of Breaffy and Ballyheane.'
  3. 'Is he ambitious and keen to succeed by seeing you enjoy commercial success?'
  4. 'However, Lochhead argued, it is crucial that the new institution tries not to be too ambitious.'
  5. 'That is why younger, leaner, more ambitious colleges are now the real powerhouses of learning.'
  6. 'Some of the more ambitious regional economic groupings are striving to become a common market.'
  7. 'By contrast, the syndicates of private investors have become more ambitious.'
  8. 'Former colleagues of Usi describe him as intelligent, ambitious and volatile.'
  9. 'I found them to be a very receptive group, very ambitious and very willing to learn.'
  10. 'New York, that great city of immigrants, is home to ambitious sons and daughters from all over the world.'
  11. 'an ambitious enterprise'
  12. 'Youngsters in the town were on hand on Saturday as work began on another ambitious project in the town.'
  13. 'Lovell acknowledges that the rescue plan is ambitious and riddled with potential problems.'
  14. 'People in Cottingley had arranged fundraising ventures for the ambitious project.'
  15. 'This ambitious scheme was designed to make the motorist's life a lot freer.'
  16. 'It was a bold and ambitious plan that took no account of the terrain or local conditions.'
  17. 'Instead the company has come up with an ambitious scheme to boost the number of people working from home.'
  18. 'Work on the ambitious project started this week, and will be completed later in the month.'
  19. 'I hope my vision is clear enough for this job and ambitious enough for this country.'
  20. 'The most important step in reaching this ambitious goal is to stop pollution at its source.'
  21. 'The project proposes the most ambitious plans for the parish church in over 100 years.'


1. having ambition; eagerly desirous of achieving or obtaining success, power, wealth, a specific goal, etc.: ambitious students.

2. showing or caused by ambition or an earnest desire for achievement or distinction: an ambitious attempt to break the record for number of wins in a single season.

3. strongly desirous; eager: ambitious of love and approval.

4. requiring exceptional effort, ability, etc.: The candidate is proposing an ambitious program for eliminating all slum

More examples(as adjective)

"projects can be ambitious as things."

"programs can be ambitious on sides."

"people can be ambitious in skills."

"people can be ambitious for people."

"works can be ambitious in scopes."

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Late Middle English: from Old French ambitieux or Latin ambitiosus, from ambitio (see ambition).