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Meaning of sake by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Etymology 1

    Middle English sake ( “sake, cause” ), from Old English sacu ( “cause, lawsuit, legal action, complaint, issue, dispute” ), from Proto-Germanic *sakō ( “affair, thing, charge, accusation, matter” ), from Proto-Indo-European *sag- ( “to investigate” ). Akin to Old Frisian seke ( “dispute, strife, thing, matter” ) ( Dutch zaak "cause, thing" ), Old High German sahha ( “quarrel, dispute, thing” ) ( German Sache "thing, legal cause" ), Old Norse sök ( “lawsuit” ), sekja ( “dispute” ) ( Danish sag, Swedish sak ), Gothic ���������� ( sakjo, “dispute, argument” ), Old English sōcn ( “inquiry, prosecution” ), Old English sēcan ( “to seek” ). More at soke, soken, seek .


    • enPR: sāk, IPA: /seɪk/, X-SAMPA: /seIk/
    • Rhymes: -eɪk


    sake ( plural: sakes )

    1. cause, interest or account
      For the sake of argument
    2. purpose or end; reason
      For old times' sake
    3. The benefit or regard of someone or something
    4. ( obsolete except in phrases ) contention, strife; guilt, sin, accusation or charge .
      And unto Adam He said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life. — Genesis 3:17
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    From Japanese 酒 ( さけ, saké ), any alcoholic drink .

    Alternative form


    • enPR: säkĕ, IPA: /sɑːkɛ/, X-SAMPA: /sA:kE/
      • Rhymes: -ɑːkɛ
    • enPR: säkē, IPA: /sɑːki/, X-SAMPA: /sA:ki/
      • Rhymes: -ɑːki


    sake ( plural: sakes )

    1. ( countable and 不可算 ) Rice wine, a Japanese alcoholic beverage made from rice .

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Explanation of sake by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a reason for wanting something done

    2. for your sake
      died for the sake of his country
    3. the purpose of achieving or obtaining

    4. for the sake of argument
    5. Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice

    Definition of sake by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Sake ( sāk ), n. [OE. sake cause, also, lawsuit, fault, AS. sacu strife, a cause or suit at law; akin to D. zaak cause, thing, affair, G. sache thing, cause in law, OHG. sahha, Icel. sök, Sw. sak, Dan. sag, Goth. sakjō strife, AS. sacan to contend, strive, Goth. sakam, Icel. saka to contend, strive, blame, OHG. sahhan, MHG. sachen, to contend, strive, defend one's right, accuse, charge in a lawsuit, and also to E. seek. Cf. Seek.] Final cause; end; purpose of obtaining; cause; motive; reason; interest; concern; account; regard or respect; -- used chiefly in such phrases as, for the sake of, for his sake, for man's sake, for mercy's sake, and the like; as, “to commit crime for the sake of gain; to go abroad for the sake of one's health”.

      Moved with wrath and shame and ladies' sake. Spenser.

      I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake. Gen. viii. 21.

      Will he draw out,

      For anger's sake, finite to infinite? Milton.

      Knowledge is for the sake of man, and not man for the sake of knowledge. Sir W. Hamilton.

      ☞ The -s of the possessive case preceding sake is sometimes omitted for euphony; as, for goodness sake. “For conscience sake.” 1 Cor. x. 28. The plural sakes is often used with a possessive plural. “For both our sakes.” Shak.

    2. Sake ( säke ), n. a traditional alcoholic drink of Japan. It is made from rice. [Also spelled saki.]

    3. Saki ( säke ), n. The alcoholic drink of Japan. It is made from rice; it is usually spelled sake.