Sake definitions

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Sake is a reason, cause, benefit or motive.

An example of sake is someone joining the military after a loved one was killed in the World Trade Center, he is joining for the sake of his loved one.

An example of sake is a woman not drinking while pregnant for the health of her unborn baby, she is avoiding drinking for the sake of her baby.

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Sake is a Japanese fermented rice alcoholic drink.

An example of sake is the warm drink people have at a sushi restaurant.

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Purpose; motive.

A quarrel only for the sake of argument.

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Advantage; good.

For the sake of his health.

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Personal benefit or interest; welfare.

For her own sake.

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A Japanese liquor made from fermented rice.
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Purpose or reason; motive; cause.

For the sake of harmony.

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Advantage; behalf; benefit.

For my sake.

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A Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice and usually warmed for serving.
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The benefit or regard of someone or something.
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(countable and uncountable) Rice wine, a Japanese alcoholic beverage made from rice.
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Origin of sake

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 (sakjo, “dispute, argument"), Old English sōcn (“inquiry, prosecution"), Old English sÄ“can (“to seek"). More at soke, soken, seek.