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sake

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[ seyk ]
/ seɪk /
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noun

cause, account, interest, or benefit: for the sake of all students.
purpose or end: for the sake of appearances.

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Origin of sake

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before 900; Middle English; Old English sacu lawsuit, cause; cognate with German Sache thing, Old Norse sǫk lawsuit; akin to seek

Definition for sake (2 of 2)

sake2

or sa·ké, sa·ki

[ sah-kee ]
/ ˈsɑ ki /

noun

a Japanese fermented, mildly alcoholic beverage made from rice.

Origin of sake

2
1680–90; <Japanese sake(y), earlier *sakai
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British Dictionary definitions for sake (1 of 2)

sake1
/ (seɪk) /

noun

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

Word Origin for 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

British Dictionary definitions for sake (2 of 2)

sake2

sak or saki

/ (ˈsækɪ) /

noun

a Japanese alcoholic drink made from fermented rice

Word Origin for sake

C17: from Japanese
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Idioms and Phrases with sake

sake

see for the sake of.

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