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1 determined to be successful, rich, powerful etc:
Alfred was intensely ambitious, obsessed with the idea of becoming rich.
ambitious for
mothers who are highly ambitious for their children (=who want their children to be successful)
2 an ambitious plan, idea etc shows a desire to do something good but difficult:
an ambitious engineering project
an over-ambitious health reform program
ambitiously adverb
ambitiousness noun [uncountable]

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