- Word History
|part of speech:
||having or showing a strong desire to reach a goal or have success in general.
Carlos is an ambitious young man who plans to become a doctor.
- similar words:
- climbing, competitive, eager, hungry
The word ambitious
is from a Latin word that means "to go about" or "walk around." In Roman times, this Latin word, ambitio
, came to have a special meaning. It was used for a man who went around town for a particular reason: to persuade people to vote for him. Today, we would still say that someone who enters an election is ambitious, but the English word now has a wider meaning.