Ambitious Synonyms and Antonyms of ambitious

Ambitious Synonyms and Antonyms of ambitious

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ambitious

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  • adjdesiring success
  • adjrequiring great effort, ability
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Synonyms for ambitious

adj desiring success

  • aggressive
  • determined
  • earnest
  • energetic
  • enthusiastic
  • resourceful
  • anxious
  • ardent
  • aspiring
  • avid
  • ball of fire
  • bent upon
  • climbing
  • come on
  • come on strong
  • designing
  • desirous
  • driving
  • eager
  • eager beaver
  • enterprising
  • fireball
  • get up and go
  • go-getter
  • goal-oriented
  • hard ball
  • high-reaching
  • hopeful
  • hungry
  • industrious
  • inspired
  • intent
  • longing
  • power-loving
  • purposeful
  • pushing
  • pushy
  • self-starting
  • sharp
  • soaring
  • striving
  • thirsty
  • vaulting
  • zealous

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Antonyms for ambitious

  • lethargic
  • unenthusiastic
  • content
  • easy
  • facile
  • fulfilled
  • satisfied
  • unassuming
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More words related to ambitious

aspiring

adjective . hopeful
  • ambitious
  • aspirant
  • eager
  • eager beaver
  • endeavoring
  • enthusiastic
  • impassioned
  • longing
  • on the make
  • striving
  • wishful
  • would-be
  • zealous

competitive

adjective . willing to oppose
  • aggressive
  • ambitious
  • antagonistic
  • at odds
  • combative
  • competing
  • cutthroat
  • dog-eat-dog
  • emulous
  • killer
  • killer instinct
  • opposing
  • rival
  • streetwise
  • vying

demanding

adjective . challenging, urgent
  • ambitious
  • backbreaker
  • bothersome
  • clamorous
  • critical
  • dictatorial
  • difficult
  • exacting
  • exhausting
  • exigent
  • fussy
  • grievous
  • hard
  • imperious
  • importunate
  • insistent
  • nagging
  • onerous
  • oppressive
  • pressing
  • querulous
  • strict
  • stringent
  • taxing
  • tough
  • troublesome
  • trying
  • wearing
  • weighty

desirous

adjective . aspiring, hopeful
  • acquisitive
  • ambitious
  • amorous
  • anxious
  • avid
  • covetous
  • craving
  • desiring
  • eager
  • enthusiastic
  • grasping
  • greedy
  • hot
  • itchy
  • keen
  • longing
  • lustful
  • passionate
  • prehensile
  • ready
  • stimulated
  • turned on
  • willing
  • wishful
  • wishing
  • yearning

difficult

adjective . hard on someone; hard to do
  • ambitious
  • arduous
  • backbreaker
  • bothersome
  • burdensome
  • challenging
  • crucial
  • demanding
  • difficile
  • easier said than done
  • effortful
  • exacting
  • formidable
  • galling
  • gargantuan
  • hard-won
  • heavy
  • herculean
  • immense
  • intricate
  • irritating
  • labored
  • laborious
  • no picnic
  • not easy
  • onerous
  • operose
  • painful
  • problem
  • problematic
  • prohibitive
  • rigid
  • severe
  • stiff
  • strenuous
  • titanic
  • toilsome
  • tough
  • troublesome
  • trying
  • unyielding
  • uphill
  • upstream
  • wearisome

driven

adjective . compelled
  • Type A
  • ambitious
  • compulsive
  • consumed
  • directed
  • forced
  • galvanized
  • guided
  • herded
  • impelled
  • induced
  • monomaniacal
  • motivated
  • obsessed
  • possessed
  • pushed
  • steered
  • urged on
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Word Origin & History

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

Example Sentences for ambitious

He had not come back to woo, but as the old friend, ambitious of helpfulness.

Ferdinand is the most ambitious man in Europe, false also if it serves his purpose.

A few thousands a year is my most ambitious figure for a wife.

The waiting, the loneliness and the suspense were terrible to one so young, and so ambitious.

Vargrave, I am ambitious, worldly: I own it; but I could give up all for you!

It was the Infant of Spain that stood in the chamber of his ambitious minion.

What glory would have been hers had she been headstrong, ambitious, domineering!

It had its conception in the wicked hearts of ambitious men.

But the brick-making did not suit the boy, who was ambitious, and desirous of learning.

The Grand Plan was ambitious, indefinite, but they could not give it up.

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Definition of ambitious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    ambitious

     adjective

    adjective

    BrE BrE//æmˈbɪʃəs//

     

    ; NAmE NAmE//æmˈbɪʃəs//

     

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  1. 1determined to be successful, rich, powerful, etc. a fiercely ambitious young manager They were very ambitious for their children (= they wanted them to be successful). Oxford Collocations Dictionary verbsbe, seem adverbextremely, fairly, very, prepositionfor See full entry See related entries: Job skills and personal qualities
  2. 2needing a lot of effort, money or time to succeed the government’s ambitious plans for social reform Jogging every morning? That’s very ambitious, isn’t it? Oxford Collocations Dictionary verbsbe, seem adverbextremely, fairly, very, prepositionin See full entry
  3. opposite unambitious Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French ambitieux or Latin ambitiosus, from ambitio, from ambire ‘go around (canvassing for votes)’.Extra examples Phases 2 and 3 seem overly ambitious. She is very ambitious for her four children. The book is ambitious in scope. I am very ambitious. Nothing means more to me than winning. I’m not ambitious enough to try for the top. I’ve never been particularly ambitious. She’s a great student—dedicated, hardworking and ambitious. The students are all ambitious to do well. They became fiercely ambitious for the boy.

See ambitious in the Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic EnglishSee ambitious in the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

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