Definitions: (1) an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, <as wealth, fame, or spiritual enlightenment> and the willingness to strive for it; aspiring; (2) requiring exceptional effort or ability; challenging; difficult <an ambitious project>; (3) strong yearning; eager <ambitious love>

Derivation: Latin, “to go about”; from the practice of Roman candidates for political office going around the city soliciting votes

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