Sake means the purpose for doing something. You might run a fund-raising marathon for the sake of sick children.

Sake comes from the old English term for "affair," or "cause of guilt." We usually use sake to talk about the motivating cause of something we do. You might study hard for the sake of your grades. But then again, you might blow off your studies for the sake of having fun. Spelled the same way, but pronounced SAH-key, sake is also the name of a Japanese alcoholic drink made from fermented rice.

Definitions of sake
  1. noun
    the purpose of achieving or obtaining
    “for the sake of argument”
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    type of:
    aim, design, intent, intention, mission, purpose
    an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
  2. noun
    a reason for wanting something done
    “for your sake
    “died for the sake of his country”
    synonyms: interest
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    for someone's benefit (usually expressed as `in behalf' rather than `on behalf' and usually with a possessive)
    type of:
    benefit, welfare
    something that aids or promotes well-being
  3. noun
    Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice; usually served hot
    synonyms: rice beer, saki
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    type of:
    alcohol, alcoholic beverage, alcoholic drink, inebriant, intoxicant
    a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent
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