ambitious

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ambitious \Am*bi"tious\, adjective [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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

ambitious

adjective

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}]


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