Definition of carpe diem in English:

carpe diem

Pronunciation /ˈdʌɪɛm//ˌkɑːpeɪ ˈdiːɛm/

exclamation

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

    • ‘So, I say - carpe diem, seize the moment, use a peace conference to create the needed momentum toward a stable, guaranteed two-state solution.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was right, that was the way to proceed, carpe diem, ‘seize the day,’ ‘make hay while the sun shines.'’
    • ‘A more philosophical reading of the project is to encourage people to seize the moment, carpe diem.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He's promising to teach his audiences Latin this year - carpe diem!’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

carpe diem

/ˈdʌɪɛm//ˌkɑːpeɪ ˈdiːɛm/