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Ambitious definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. Desirous of power, honor, office, superiority or excellence; aspiring; eager for fame; followed by of before a noun; as ambitious of glory.
2. Showy; adapted to command notice or praise; as, ambitious ornaments.
3. Figuratively, eager to swell or rise higher; as, the ambitious ocean.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: having a strong desire for success or achievement [ant: ambitionless, unambitious]
2: requiring full use of your abilities or resources; "ambitious schedule"; "performed the most challenging task without a mistake" [syn: ambitious, challenging]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. having or controlled by ambition <an ambitious young executive> b. having a desire to achieve a particular goal ; aspiring <ambitious for power> 2. resulting from, characterized by, or showing ambition <an ambitious film> ambitiously adverb ambitiousness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 a full of ambition. b showing ambition (an ambitious attempt). 2 (foll. by of, or to + infin.) strongly determined. Derivatives: ambitiously adv. ambitiousness n. Etymology: ME f. OF ambitieux f. L ambitiosus (as AMBITION)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Ambitious Am*bi"tious, a. [L. ambitiosus: cf. F. ambitieux. See Ambition.] 1. Possessing, or controlled by, ambition; greatly or inordinately desirous of power, honor, office, superiority, or distinction. Yet Brutus says he was ambitious, And Brutus is an honorable man. --Shak. 2. Strongly desirous; -- followed by of or the infinitive; as, ambitious to be or to do something. I was not ambitious of seeing this ceremony. --Evelyn. Studious of song, and yet ambitious not to sing in vain. --Cowper. 3. Springing from, characterized by, or indicating, ambition; showy; aspiring; as, an ambitious style. A giant statue . . . Pushed by a wild and artless race, From off wide, ambitious base. --Collins.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. Someone who is ambitious has a strong desire to be successful, rich, or powerful. Chris is so ambitious, so determined to do it all... ADJ 2. An ambitious idea or plan is on a large scale and needs a lot of work to be carried out successfully. The ambitious project was completed in only nine months... ADJ

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

am-bish'-us (philotimeomai, "to be strongly desirous," "strive earnestly," "make it one's aim"): Given as a marginal reading in Ro 15:20 ("being ambitious to bring good tidings"), 2Co 5:9 ("We are ambitious, whether at home or absent, to be well-pleasing unto him"), and 1Th 4:11 ("that ye be ambitious to be quiet").

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Aspiring, emulous, eager for superiority, eager for distinction or fame. 2. Eager, strongly desirous, intent, avid. [Followed by of.] 3. Showy, pretentious, aiming at effect.

Moby Thesaurus

adventuresome, adventurous, aggressive, anxious, aspiring, audacious, avaricious, avid, bold, careerist, careeristic, chimerical, classy, daring, driving, dynamic, eager, emulous, energetic, enterprising, enthusiastic, extravagant, fancy, flossy, forceful, go-ahead, grandiose, greedy, hard-working, high-flown, high-flying, high-reaching, high-toned, highfalutin, highfaluting, hopeful, hustling, impractical, indefatigable, keen, lofty, on the make, ostentatious, overambitious, overzealous, power-hungry, pretentious, pushful, pushing, pushy, sky-aspiring, social-climbing, tony, unrealistic, up-and-coming, utopian, vaulting, vaunting, venturesome, venturous, vigorous, visionary, yuppy, zealous


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