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carpe diem

[ kahr-pe -dee-em; English kahr-pee -dahy-uhm, kahr-pey -dee-uhm ]
/ 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
/ Latin (ˈkɑːpɪ ˈdiːɛm) /

enjoy the pleasures of the moment, without concern for the future

Word Origin for carpe diem

literally: seize the day!
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Cultural definitions for carpe diem

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.”)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Idioms and Phrases with carpe diem

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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