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carpe diem

[kahr-pe dee-em; English kahr-pee dahy-uh m, kahr-pey dee-uh m] /ˈkɑr pɛ ˈdi ɛm; English ˈkɑr pi ˈdaɪ əm, ˈkɑr peɪ ˈdi əm/
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Latin. seize the day; enjoy the present, as opposed to placing all hope in the future.
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British Dictionary definitions for carpe diem

carpe diem

/ˈkɑːpɪ ˈdiːɛm/
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1.
enjoy the pleasures of the moment, without concern for the future
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literally: seize the day!
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Word Origin and History for carpe diem

1786, Latin, "enjoy the day," literally "pluck the day (while it is ripe)," an aphorism from Horace ("Odes" I.xi), from PIE *kerp- "to gather, pluck, harvest" (see harvest (n.)).

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Carpe diem [(kahr-pe dee-em, deye-em)]

Latin for “Seize the day”: take full advantage of present opportunities. This sentiment is found not only in classical literature but in much of English literature as well (seeGather ye rosebuds while ye mayandHad we but world enough, and time, / This coyness, Lady, were no crime.”)

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carpe diem

Enjoy the present and don't worry about the future, as in It's a beautiful day, so forget tomorrow's test—carpe diem! Latin for “seize the day,” an aphorism found in the Roman writer Horace's Odes, this phrase has been used in English since the early 1800s.
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Encyclopedia Article for carpe diem

phrase used by the Roman poet Horace to express the idea that one should enjoy life while one can. The sentiment has been expressed in many literatures, especially in 16th- and 17th-century English poetry. Two of the best-known examples are Robert Herrick's "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" and Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress."

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