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Determined and ambitious - thesaurus

Synonyms

sedulous

adjective

very formal showing continued hard work, effort, and determination

determined

adjective

not willing to let anything prevent you from doing what you have decided to do

ambitious

adjective

determined to be successful, rich, famous etc

persistent

adjective

continuing to do something in a determined way

determined

adjective

showing that you are not willing to let anything prevent you from doing what you have decided to do

aggressive

adjective

someone who is aggressive is very determined to win or be successful

would-be

adjective

hoping or trying to do something

dedicated

adjective

spending all your time and effort on something

heroic

adjective

showing great determination to achieve something

vigorous

adjective

full of energy, enthusiasm, or determination

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aspirational

adjective

British wanting to be successful and have a better job, home etc than you already have

aspiring

adjective

hoping and trying to be successful at something, especially in your career

at any price

showing disapproval if you want something at any price, you are determined to get it, even if this brings severe problems or suffering

bent on (doing) something

very determined to achieve something

bloody/bloodied but unbowed

not defeated and determined to continue trying to do something, even though you have suffered from being in a difficult situation

bull-headed

adjective

determined to do or get what you want

competitive

adjective

always trying to be more successful than other people

dogged

adjective

determined to achieve something and continuing to try despite difficulties

doughty

adjective

mainly journalism determined and not easily frightened

driven

adjective

always trying very hard to achieve things and be successful

earnest

adjective

serious, determined, and meaning what you say

firm

adjective

showing that you are in control of a situation and will not be easily forced to do something

for dear life

using all your strength, speed, or determination in order to avoid danger or serious trouble

grim

adjective

very determined to do something

gritty

adjective

firm in your intentions

hard-nosed

adjective

determined to succeed and not influenced by emotions

hell-bent

adjective

determined to do something

hot

adjective

informal determined to do something

hotly

adverb

in a very fast and determined way

indomitable

adjective

formal very determined and impossible to defeat

in earnest

more seriously, or with more energy and determination than before

in it for the long haul

determined to continue with something until it is finished successfully

insistent

adjective

saying very firmly that something must happen or that something is true

intent

adjective

determined to do something. This expression sometimes means that you do not approve of the thing that someone is determined to do

iron

adjective

very determined

like a dog with a bone

not willing to stop until you have finished dealing with something, especially a problem that is worrying you

motivated

adjective

enthusiastic and determined to achieve success

overambitious

adjective

someone who is overambitious expects to achieve more than is reasonable or likely

persevering

adjective

determined to continue trying to achieve something difficult

pertinacious

adjective

formal determined to continue doing something

purposeful

adjective

determined to achieve an aim

relentless

adjective

determined, and never stopping your attempts to achieve something

resolute

adjective

formal extremely determined

resolved

adjective

formal determined to do something

robust

adjective

firm and determined

serious

adjective

involved in an activity in a way that shows you like it a lot and think it is important

set on/upon (doing) something

determined to do or to have something

single-minded

adjective

with your attention fixed on only one thing

steely

adjective

showing a calm and firm attitude

stern

adjective

a stern action is so firm that you cannot oppose it

stout

adjective

very determined

stoutly

adverb

showing that you are very determined

strenuous

adjective

determined

strong

adjective

someone who is strong has confidence, determination, and emotional strength

strong-minded

adjective

determined to achieve something that you want to do

strong-willed

adjective

determined to do something that you want to do, even if others do not want you to do it

tenacious

adjective

a tenacious person is very determined and is not willing to stop when they are trying to achieve something

tough

adjective

confident, and determined to get what you want

tough

adverb

in a way that shows you are determined, strong, or not afraid

tough-minded

adjective

able to deal with difficult situations in a strong determined way

unbowed

adjective

formal strong and determined despite criticism or threats

unbroken

adjective

strong and determined despite problems

uncompromising

adjective

very determined, and not willing to change your opinions, plans, or actions

undaunted

adjective

determined and not afraid to continue doing something, even though it might be difficult

undeterred

adjective

continuing to do something even though you are not successful or people do not support you

unflinching

adjective

not changing or stopping, despite difficulties

unrelenting

adjective

used for describing someone who continues to do something with a lot of determination

unstoppable

adjective

if someone is unstoppable, you are unable to stop them doing something

unswerving

adjective

used for emphasizing how strong someone’s feelings continue to be in difficult situations

unswerving

adjective

used about something such as help that someone continues to give

untiring

adjective

used for emphasizing that someone continues to do something with a lot of effort or energy

unwavering

adjective

strong and steady despite opposition or other problems

vaulting

adjective

mainly literary very determined

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