sake

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.

Primary Meanings of sake

1.
n
the purpose of achieving or obtaining
2.
n
Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice; usually served hot
Full Definitions of sake
1

n the purpose of achieving or obtaining

“for the sake of argument”
Type of:
aim, design, intent, intention, purpose
an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions

n a reason for wanting something done

“for your sake
“died for the sake of his country”
Synonyms:
interest
Types:
behalf
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
2

n Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice; usually served hot

Synonyms:
rice beer, saki
Type of:
alcohol, alcoholic beverage, alcoholic drink, inebriant, intoxicant
a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent

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