• WordNet 3.6
    • adv ambitiously with ambition; in an ambitious and energetic manner "she pursued her goals ambitiously"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Ambitiously In an ambitious manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ambitiously In an ambitious manner.
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  • Robert Burton
    “Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “A slave has but one master. An ambitious man, has as many as there are people who helped him get his fortune.”
  • William Penn
    “The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “As he was valiant, I honor him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.”
  • Sir Philip Sidney
    “To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue.”


In literature:

But then I'm not ambitious.
"Lewis Rand" by Mary Johnston
That the cardinal was ambitious of power there can be no question.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
I suppose that every ambitious man who comes here has them.
"The Free Rangers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Social reforms open to ambitious editors a wide field and make amends for exclusion from the political arena.
"The Awakening of China" by W.A.P. Martin
My boss is kind, and, seeing that I am ambitious, he comes now and then and prints a few hundred bill-heads for me.
"The Woman Who Toils" by Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
Ambitious of making Kief the rival of Constantinople, he expended large sums in its decoration.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
The impulse to the free play of ambitious individuality which this state of things communicated was enormous.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)" by John Addington Symonds
He didn't have anything, but he was ambitious to be rich.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
Every private in the army is ambitious to please the king by valor.
"History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1" by George W. Williams
They were both ambitious, and felt the way to preferment was through the favor of the commander-in-chief.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks

In poetry:

And farmers, whom he had argued
To corners tight and fast,
Would wink at each other and chuckle,
And grin at him as he passed,
As to say, "My ambitious old fellow, your whiffletree's straightened at
"Uncle Sammy" by Will McKendree Carleton
The flat smooth Stones that bear a Name,
The Chissels slender help to Fame,
(Which e'er our Sett of Friends decay
Their frequent Steps may wear away.)
A middle Race of Mortals own,
Men, half ambitious, all unknown.
"A Night-Piece On Death" by Thomas Parnell
The Baby in that sunny Sphere
So like a Phaeton appears,
That Heav'n, the threaten'd World to spare,
Thought fit to drown him in her tears;
Else might th' ambitious Nymph aspire,
To set, like him, Heav'n too on fire.
"Weeping" by Alexander Pope
Take Snow-white back to her glimmering stall;
There let her stand and feed!—
I am overweening, ambitious, small,
A creature of pride and greed!
Let me wash the hoofs, let me be the thrall,
Jesus, of thy white steed!
"The Three Horses" by George MacDonald
"Since then the striking feat (Such dreams the ambitious male lure)
I've striven to repeat
Result: completest failure.
Though toiling, as I say, As much as blood and flesh'll,
The bows I tie to-day Are good, but nothing special.
"For One Night Only (A Tragedy) " by P G Wodehouse
A rich and wanton girl has caught, as suited to her mind,
The Telephus whom you desire,--a youth not of your kind.
She holds him bound with pleasing chains, the fetters of her charms,--
Remember how scorched Phaethon ambitious hopes alarms.
"To Phyllis" by Roswell Martin Field

In news:

The launch and hyper growth of Google's ambitious Google+ social site has helped fuel a meteoric rise in the company's stock.
The most ambitious CLE series ever undertaken by the Association's Family Law Section.
For Author Maud Casey, Moving to Baltimore Has Led to Writer's Block, Obsession, and Her Most Ambitious Book Yet.
"Merry Go Round" is an ambitious piece of work, featuring multiple points of view rendered in a very convincing manner.
"It's been a smack-down from Day 1," says a talent rep associated with the ambitious drama series.
My Happy Life may qualify as Millet 's most beloved curiosity, and Oh Pure and Radiant Heart as her most ambitious (or at least longest) novel.
This month, thousands of ambitious young people are asking themselves the same question: Does it make sense to invest $100,000 to $250,000, and the next three years of my life, to become officially qualified to work as a lawyer.
In his latest and in some ways most ambitious effort to reshape the architectural landscape of Paris, President Francois Mitterrand is building "a very big library" that is supposed to be the most modern in the world.
The first line of the first portion of the Mumbai Monorail is likely to be operational by May 2012, according to the nodal agency of the ambitious project.
Administrator brings ambitious environmental goals.
George Balanchine's Don Quixote-that ambitious, mysterious work that fascinated and confused us all back when it was made in 1965-has just been restaged, by Suzanne Farrell, for the first time since it disappeared from the repertory in 1978.
The LDS Church is launching an ambitious program of temporary housing kits in Haiti.
ATC's ambitious 'Lombardi' is done in by a weak script that fails to make us care about the legendary football coach.
Boldly reanimating the comic Western that secured John Wayne his Oscar 41 years ago, the Coen brothers' True Grit is well-wrought, if overly talkative, and seriously ambitious.
The Civil War Trust has launched its most ambitious battlefield application yet.

In science:

An ambitious pro ject would be to find an equivalent digraph coloring problem for a given NP language really effectively (in human sense, our results provide a polynomial time algorithm).
NP by means of lifts and shadows
However, the CMB and LSS data available at that time were not good enough for such an ambitious goal, and the first strong indication of a positive acceleration came in 1998 from the side of type-Ia supernovae [3, 4].
Constraining neutrino masses with the ISW-galaxy correlation function
In Fig. 5, we show the typical errorbar that could be expected from a cross-correlation map with coverage fsky = 0.65 (corresponding to the usual galactic cut in CMB maps), using an ambitious LSS survey with surface density ¯N = 109st−1 in each redshift bin.
Constraining neutrino masses with the ISW-galaxy correlation function
The ambitious approach is to consider and study the infinite volume limit of probability measures.
Spatial random permutations and infinite cycles
All these successes suggest that we might try to be more ambitious and it seems that time has come to start thinking about what can be said for interfaces in non-critical systems.
LERW as an example of off-critical SLEs