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Meaning of “ambitious” in the English Dictionary

"ambitious" in British English

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ambitiousadjective

uk   us   /æmˈbɪʃ.əs/
B2 having a ​strongwish to be ​successful, ​powerful, or ​rich: an ambitious younglawyer He's very ambitious for his ​children (= he ​wants them to be ​successful).B2 If a ​plan or ​idea is ambitious, it ​needs a ​greatamount of ​skill and ​effort to be ​successful or be ​achieved: She has some ambitious plans for her ​business. The ​government has ​announced an ambitious ​plan to ​modernize the ​railwaynetwork. The ​originalcompletiondate was over-ambitious, so we have had to ​delay the ​opening.

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ambitiously
adverb uk   us   /-li/
(Definition of ambitious from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ambitious" in American English

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ambitiousadjective

 us   /æmˈbɪʃ·əs/
having a ​strongdesire for ​success, ​achievement, ​power, or ​wealth: Even as a ​young man he was ambitious and ​self-assured. If you ​describe an ​activity as ambitious, you ​mean that it ​involves a lot of ​effort or ​expense: It was an ambitious ​project to ​restore the ​publicparks.
(Definition of ambitious from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ambitious" in Business English

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ambitiousadjective

uk   us   /æmˈbɪʃəs/
having a ​strong wish to be ​successful: an ambitious younglawyer I make no ​secret of the fact that I am very ambitious.
if a ​plan or ​idea is ambitious, it ​needs a lot of ​skill and ​effort to be ​successful or be ​achieved: The ​retailer announced ambitious ​plans yesterday as it ​reportedprofits up 19%. The ​government has announced an ambitious ​programme to ​modernize the ​railwaynetwork. Their ​goals proved to be a little too ambitious.
ambitiously
adverb /æmˈbɪʃəsli/
The ​company had ​expanded ambitiously into ​Europe.
(Definition of ambitious from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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