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.
adj 1: having a strong desire for success or achievement [ant: unambitious]
2: requiring full use of your abilities or resources;
"ambitious schedule"; "performed the most challenging task
without a mistake" [syn: challenging]