from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Used as an admonition to seize the pleasures of the moment without concern for the future.
  • n. Such an admonition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • Seize the day, make the most of today, enjoy the present.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Enjoy the present day; take advantage of, or make the most of, the present: a maxim of the Epicureans.


Latin : carpe, seize + diem, day.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin carpe diemĀ ("seize the day"). (Wiktionary)


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    January 7, 2009

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    January 7, 2009

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    March 16, 2008