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ambitious Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective having a strong desire for success or achievement
  2. adjective satellite requiring full use of your abilities or resources
    • ambitious schedule
    • performed the most challenging task without a mistake

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.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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