ambitious (adj.) Look up ambitious at
late 14c., "craving, yearning, overambitious," from Latin ambitiosus "eager for public office, eager to win favor, ingratiating," from ambitio "a going around (to solicit votes)," noun of action from past participle stem of ambire "to go around, go about," from amb- "around" (see ambi-) + ire "go" (see ion). Meaning "springing from ambition" is from 1751. Related: Ambitiously; ambitiousness.