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car•pe di•emˈkɑr pɛ ˈdi ɛm; Eng. ˈkɑr pi ˈdaɪ əm, ˈkɑr peɪ ˈdi əm

  1. Latin. seize the day; enjoy the present, without thought of the future.

    Category: Foreign Term


  1. carpe diem(Proverb)

    seize the day, make the most of today, enjoy the present

  2. Origin: From carpe diem


  1. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem is a phrase from a Latin poem by Quintus Horatius Flaccus, more widely known as Horace, that has become an aphorism. It is popularly translated as "seize the day". Carpe is the second-person singular present active imperative of the Latin verb carpō, which literally means "You pick, pluck, pluck off, cull, crop, gather, to eat food, to serve, to want", but Ovid used the word in the sense of, "enjoy, seize, use, make use of". It is related to the Greek verb καρπόομαι, καρπός=fruit of tree, of effort, etc. Diem refers to "day". Thus, a more accurate translation of "Carpe diem" would be "enjoy the day" or "pluck the day [as it is ripe]".

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