- cause, account, interest, or benefit: for the sake of all students.
- purpose or end: for the sake of appearances.
Origin of sake1
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or sa·ké, sa·ki
- a Japanese fermented, mildly alcoholic beverage made from rice.
Origin of sake2
Examples from the Web for sake
So, he decided to give the church a chance, if not just for the sake of mending his relationship with his mother.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
He gave his soul for the sake of the people of Israel, The Torah, and the Land.Inside Hebron, Israel’s Heart of Darkness
November 21, 2014
But now it is time for them to put their interests in the forefront for the sake of the nation.What Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff Can Teach Hillary Clinton
October 29, 2014
Locals were upset by the change—they like their traditions, even if it is just for the sake of being Sark.The Crazy Medieval Island of Sark
October 4, 2014
Again and again, the band sacrifices the simple joy of a pop hook for the sake of a dense, meditative ambiance.U2 Generously Gives Us a Lousy Album, Sucks at the Corporate Teat
September 13, 2014
For his sake, I am glad once more to be in my own happy home.
"It is partly for your sake that I wish it, my poor child," said he.
If these guests were kin of his, they were welcome for his sake.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Not for myself, but for my Master's sake, I demand your friendship and fidelity.
If you can command the good creature to a place worthy of her, pray do for my sake.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- 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, etcfor heaven's sake; for pete's sake
sak or saki
- a Japanese alcoholic drink made from fermented rice
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."
Idioms and Phrases with sake
see for the sake of.