A shortened version of the original Latin phrase "Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero" meaning "seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future."

Commonly used to justify spontaneous behavior and to make the most out of today, because one doesn't know if they'll live to see tomorrow.

However, the actual phrase is not saying to ignore the future, but rather to do as much as one can now because they won't know if everything will fall into place in the long run.

Benefit yourself now, so it can pay off in the future.

The complete fucking opposite of YOLO.
I should probably study for this calculus exam to help me become a civil engineer, unless I want to end up smoking crack in the back of the McDonalds parking lot. Carpe diem!
by vrls August 8, 2013
A word originating from the Latin language, meaning "seize the day". This phrase has began to be used to as a motivation for people to just seize the day,to stop messing around, and to live life on the edge.
After that talk with coach Consbruck, made me realize that we have to just carpe diem and go all out with whatever I do
by paulie cipriani February 17, 2008
Carpe Diem in latin means sieze the day. It is the Renaissance way of saying YOLO.
Teacher: Carpe Diem was a major concept of Renaissance poetry and literature.

High school student (to other student): does she mean "YOLO?"
by Johnny768 May 25, 2012
Latin phrase literally meaning "Seize the Day." Has been overcome by idiots saying things such as swag, or yolo. Use this phrase to appear smarter than the common public.
Brandon: Hey, are you going to get the Playstation 4?

Colin: It's a possibility, but probably not...

Brandon: Hey, carpe diem, it could be too late when you want to get it later!

Colin: You're right, maybe I will get it!
by Garnet March 3, 2013
To go to the bathroom intending a quick whizz, but deciding mid stream to "sieze the day" and roll out a big steamy one.
"Dude, you've been gone for 15 minutes I thought you were taking a piss?"

"Carpe Diem"
by Gilgatronator December 1, 2011
Basically the classy version of YOLO.
Mark: I don't really want to go...

Aaron: C'mon man, carpe diem!
by Mightyguy6969 December 7, 2013
man 1: Why are you doing that?!
man 2: 'Cause, carpe diem.
by TheComicalCarny March 11, 2014