Definition of carpe diem in English:

carpe diem


  • Used to urge someone to make the most of the present time and give little thought to the future.

    ‘He's promising to teach his audiences Latin this year - carpe diem!’
    • ‘He was right, that was the way to proceed, carpe diem, ‘seize the day,’ ‘make hay while the sun shines.'’
    • ‘After all, it's another way of saying carpe diem; what Thoreau meant by ‘sucking out all the marrow of life,’ although that image isn't quite as appetizing.’
    • ‘Mr. Keating repeated the first line of the poem, ‘Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,’ and then explained that the Latin term for that sentiment was carpe diem.’
    • ‘So, I say - carpe diem, seize the moment, use a peace conference to create the needed momentum toward a stable, guaranteed two-state solution.’
    • ‘A more philosophical reading of the project is to encourage people to seize the moment, carpe diem.’


carpe diem

/ˌkärpā ˈdēˌem/ /ˌkɑrpeɪ ˈdiˌɛm/


Latin, ‘seize the day!’, a quotation from Horace (OdesI.xi).