Definition of carpe diem exclamation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


carpe diem

BrE BrE//ˌkɑːpeɪ ˈdiːem//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːrpeɪ ˈdiːem//
; BrE BrE//ˌkɑːpeɪ ˈdaɪem//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːrpeɪ ˈdaɪem//
(from Latin)
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an expression used when you want to say that somebody should not wait, but should take an opportunity as soon as it appears Word OriginLatin, ‘seize the day!’, a quotation from Horace (Odes i.xi).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: carpe diem