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 slums.


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

late 14c., from Latin ambitiosus “going around to canvass for office,” from ambitio (see ambition). Related: Ambitiously.

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