sakes

sake

1 [seyk]
noun
1.
cause, account, interest, or benefit: for the sake of all students.
2.
purpose or end: for the sake of appearances.

Origin:
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.
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sake

2 [sah-kee]
noun
a Japanese fermented, mildly alcoholic beverage made from rice.
Also, saké, saki.


Origin:
1680–90; < Japanese sake(y), earlier *sakai

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sake1 (seɪk)
 
n
1.  benefit or interest (esp in the phrase for (someone'sorone's own) sake)
2.  the purpose of obtaining or achieving (esp in the phrase for the sake of (something))
3.  used in various exclamations of impatience, urgency, etc: for heaven's sake; for pete's sake
 
[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]

sake, saké or saki2 (ˈsækɪ)
 
n
a Japanese alcoholic drink made from fermented rice
 
[C17: from Japanese]
 
saké, saké or saki2
 
n
 
[C17: from Japanese]
 
saki, saké or saki2
 
n
 
[C17: from Japanese]

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sake
"purpose," O.E. sacu "a cause at law, crime, dispute, guilt," from P.Gmc. *sako "affair, thing, charge, accusation" (cf. O.N. sök "charge, lawsuit, effect, cause," O.Fris. seke "strife, dispute, matter, thing," Du. zaak, Ger. sache "thing, matter, affair, cause"), from PIE base *sag- "to investigate"
(cf. O.E. secan, Goth. sokjan "to seek;" see seek). Much of the word's original meaning has been taken over by case, cause, 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 O.N., as these forms have not been found in O.E.

sake
"Japanese rice liquor," 1687, from Japanese sake, lit. "alcohol."
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