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[seyk] /seɪk/
cause, account, interest, or benefit:
for the sake of all students.
purpose or end:
for the sake of appearances.
Origin of sake1
before 900; Middle English; Old English sacu lawsuit, cause; cognate with German Sache thing, Old Norse sǫk lawsuit; akin to seek
1. regard, consideration, respect. 2. reason.


[sah-kee] /ˈsɑ ki/
a Japanese fermented, mildly alcoholic beverage made from rice.
Also, saké, saki.
1680-90; < Japanese sake(y), earlier *sakai Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sake
  • Research that involves animal suffering needs to be done for a better reason than the sake of doing research.
  • But there is no single known fact in his life to support the conclusion that he changed his faith for the sake of gain.
  • There is no reason to subject people to that radiation for the sake of convenience.
  • It's almost impossible to define the typical sake spot in town.
  • For many, education for education's sake no longer cuts it.
  • Geography is for life and not simply an exercise for its own sake.
  • The changes of today must continue for the sake of peace for the people.
  • Being completely involved in an activity for its own sake.
  • Heat miso, sugar, sake and mirin in small saucepan over moderate heat.
  • We then congregate in a candlelit lounge to swap stories for shots of sake before retiring to the plush futons in our bedrooms.
British Dictionary definitions for sake


benefit or interest (esp in the phrase for (someone's or one's own) sake)
the purpose of obtaining or achieving (esp in the phrase for the sake of (something))
used in various exclamations of impatience, urgency, etc: for heaven's sake, for pete's sake
Word Origin
C13 (in the phrase for the sake of, probably from legal usage): from Old English sacu lawsuit (hence, a cause); related to Old Norse sok, German Sache matter


a Japanese alcoholic drink made from fermented rice
Word Origin
C17: from Japanese
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Word Origin and History for sake

"purpose," Old English sacu "a cause at law, crime, dispute, guilt," from Proto-Germanic *sako "affair, thing, charge, accusation" (cf. Old Norse sök "charge, lawsuit, effect, cause," Old Frisian seke "strife, dispute, matter, thing," Dutch zaak "lawsuit, cause, sake, thing," German sache "thing, matter, affair, cause"), from PIE root *sag- "to investigate, seek out" (cf. Old English secan, Gothic sokjan "to seek;" see seek).

Much of the word's original meaning has been taken over by case (n.1), cause (n.), and it survives largely in phrases for the sake of (early 13c.) and for _______'s sake (c.1300, originally for God's sake), both probably are from Norse, as these forms have not been found in Old English.

"Japanese rice liquor," 1680s, from Japanese sake, literally "alcohol."

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