seize the day

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Calque of Latin carpe diem, originally meaning "enjoy the day", literally "pluck (or harvest) the day", from a poem by the ancient poet Horace. In Latin, it was common to use carpo (I pluck something, pick off) metaphorically to express enjoying a period of time. The use of seize is a traditional mistranslation originating from a confusion with cape, singular imperative of capio (I seize something, grab).

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seize the day

  1. (idiomatic) To enjoy the present and not worry about the future; to live for the moment.
  2. (idiomatic) To make the most of today by achieving fulfillment in a philosophical or spiritual sense.
  3. (idiomatic) To attack the day's efforts with vigor and purpose.

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