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sake

Noun

1 a reason for wanting something done; "for your sake"; "died for the sake of his country"; "in the interest of safety"; "in the common interest" [syn: interest]
2 Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice; usually served hot [syn: saki, rice beer]
3 the purpose of achieving or obtaining; "for the sake of argument"

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English

Etymology 1

Old English sacu, from Germanic *sako. Cognate with Dutch zaak, German Sache, Swedish sak.

Pronunciation

  • , /seɪk/, /seIk/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪk

Noun

  1. The benefit or regard of someone or something
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 242a-b.
      But it will be for your sake that we'll undertake to refute this thesis,
  2. italbrac obsolete except in phrases Contention, strife; guilt, sin, accusation or charge.
Translations
  • Danish: skyld
  • Norwegian: skyld
  • Icelandic: í þágu
  • Portuguese: causa
Translations to be checked

Etymology 2

Japanese (sake), any alcoholic drink.

Alternative spellings

Pronunciation

  • , /sɑːkɛ/, /sA:kE/
  • , /sɑːki/, /sA:ki/

Noun

  1. italbrac countable and uncountable Rice wine, a Japanese alcoholic beverage made from rice.
Synonyms
Translations
  • Bulgarian: саке (sake)
  • Chinese: 清酒 (qīng jiǔ)
  • Dutch: sake
  • Finnish: sake, japanilainen riisiviini
  • French: saké
  • German: Sake
  • Icelandic: hrísgrjónavín, sake
  • Italian: sakè
  • Japanese: 酒 ()
  • Norwegian: sake

See also

Japanese

Etymology 1

Alternative forms

Noun

  1. sake, alcohol-based beverage

Etymology 2

Pronunciation

sákè

Noun

  1. salmon

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