Ambitious means wanting to succeed. If you want to climb Mount Everest, start your own business, and write a great philosophical treatise all before you are 30, then wow, you are really ambitious.

Having an ambition is a good thing, like wanting to get good grades, or to become a doctor. But if we say someone is ambitious, often we mean they have too much ambition. An ambitious politician might want power so badly that he’ll abandon his ideals in order to win a race. If you hatch a business plan and someone tells you it’s too ambitious, that means you’re probably not being reasonable about how much you can get done.

Definitions of ambitious
  1. adjective
    having a strong desire for success or achievement
    pushful, pushy
    marked by aggressive ambition and energy and initiative
    aspirant, aspiring, wishful
    desiring or striving for recognition or advancement
    compulsive, determined, driven
    strongly motivated to succeed
    manque, would-be
    unfulfilled or frustrated in realizing an ambition
    excessively ambitious
    marked by imagination, initiative, and readiness to undertake new projects
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    ambitionless, unambitious
    having little desire for success or achievement
    lacking or characterized by lack of ambition or initiative; lazy
    nonenterprising, unenterprising
    lacking in enterprise; not bold or venturesome
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  2. adjective
    requiring full use of your abilities or resources
    ambitious schedule”
    synonyms: challenging
    difficult, hard
    not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
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