- 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 sakes
The truth is of course that I love reading novels for their own sakes.Portrait of the Writer as a Young Doctor
Dr. Abraham Verghese
February 12, 2009
And I wish, for all our sakes, that we had the pitcher here now!The Miraculous Pitcher
We could not, for their own sakes, have risked bringing them.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Gustave had to kiss them, and to promise them that he would live for their sakes.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
How little labour, how little watching, how little pain has he endured for their sakes!A Dish Of Orts
Do not delay an instant, but come with me—for both our sakes—for mine—my dear good sir!'Barnaby Rudge
- 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 sakes
"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 sakes
see for the sake of.