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sake1

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

sake2

[sah-kee] /ˈsɑ ki/
noun
1.
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/
noun
1.
benefit or interest (esp in the phrase for (someone's or one'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
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

sake2

/ˈsækɪ/
noun
1.
a Japanese alcoholic drink made from fermented rice
Word Origin
C17: from Japanese
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Word Origin and History for sakes

sake

n.

"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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