Complete Definition of "ambitious"

English

Etymology
Latin ambitiosus: compare with French ambitieux. See ambition.

Pronunciation
IPA: WEAE /æmËbɪÊ.És/
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Adjective
en-adj

  1. Possessing, or controlled by, ambition; greatly or inordinately desirous of power, honor, office, superiority, or distinction.

#*1891, w:Arthur_Conan_Doyle|Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Man with the Twisted Lip,"
#*:As I grew richer I grew more ambitious, took a house in the country, and eventually married, without anyone having a suspicion as to my real occupation.

  1. Strongly desirous—followed by "of" or the infinitive; as, ambitious to be or to do something.
  2. Springing from, characterized by, or indicating, ambition; showy; aspiring.

#:an ambitious style

Related terms
ambition
ambitiously
ambitiousness

Translations
trans-top|possessing, or controlled by, ambition
Finnish: t|fi|kunnianhimoinen
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trans-top|strongly desirous
Finnish: t|fi|innokas
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trans-top|showy
Finnish: t|fi|näyttävä
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ttbc|Croatian: t-|hr|ambiciozan
ttbc|German: t+|de|ehrgeizig
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ttbc|Japanese: éå¿ç㪠(yashinteki na)
ttbc|Serbian: Äastohlepan, Äastoljuban, Äastoljubiv
ttbc|Swedish: t+|sv|ambitiös
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References
R:Webster 1828
R:Webster 1913
R:Dictionary.com
"ambitious" in Encarta® World English Dictionary [North American Edition] © & (P)2007 Microsoft Corporation.
"ambitious" in the Wordsmyth Dictionary-Thesaurus © Wordsmyth 2002.
"ambitious" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press 2007.
"ambitious" in Compact Oxford English Dictionary, © Oxford University Press, 2007.

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