Last modified on 8 July 2014, at 20:25
See also: Sake, saké, and sa kê

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Etymology 1Edit

From 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 West Frisian saak, Low German sake, Dutch zaak "cause, thing", German Sache "thing, legal cause", Danish sag, Swedish sak, Gothic 𐍃𐌰𐌺𐌾𐍉 (sakjō, dispute, argument), Old English sōcn (inquiry, prosecution), Old English sēcan (to seek). More at soke, soken, seek.

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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.
    • 1897, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, The Celebrity[1]:
      When I gave a dinner there was generally a cover laid for him. I liked the man for his own sake, and even had he promised to turn out a celebrity it would have had no weight with me.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 242a-b.
      But it will be for your sake that we'll undertake to refute this thesis, []
  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
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  • The word sake is generally used in constructions of the form "for X's sake" or "for the sake of X", where X is a noun. (See the quotations above, for sake of, and for the sake of.)
  • Garner's Modern American Usage notes it is common to write an apostrophe rather than apostrophe–ess in this construction when the noun ends in an /s/ or /z/ sound: for appearance' sake, for goodness' sake.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Japanese (さけ, sake), any alcoholic drink.

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

  1. sake (Japanese rice wine)

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sàkē m

  1. slackness

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sake

  1. rōmaji reading of さけ

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From Japanese (sake), any alcoholic drink.

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sake n (indeclinable)

  1. sake

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From Japanese (sake), any alcoholic drink.

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sake m (plural sakes)

  1. sake, Japanese rice wine