A person who is ambitious is determined to succeed. Through hard work and dedication, anyone can reach his or her goals. Ambitious people are persistent. They don’t give up or quit.

  • She’s studying to be a doctor. She’s very ambitious.
  • Ambitious people who work hard towards their goals often succeed.
  • Tom turned in a very ambitious proposal for his company to expand in Europe.
  • The local government has come up with an ambitious plan for improving transportation in this area.
  • Are you ambitious?  

The noun form is "ambition."

  • What’s your ambition in life?
  • His ambition in life is to become a successful doctor.
  • He has great ambitions.
  • Bertha was blinded by her ambition to become a great pianist, so she never got married.
  • Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. ~ Bill Bradley


She’s a very ambitious woman.

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First published on June 21, 2014.