1. a reason for wanting something done;
- Example: "for your sake"
- Example: "died for the sake of his country"
- Example: "in the interest of safety"
- Example: "in the common interest"
[syn: sake, interest]
2. Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice; usually served hot;
[syn: sake, saki, rice beer]
3. the purpose of achieving or obtaining;
- Example: "for the sake of argument"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Sake \Sa"ke\ (s[aum]"k[-e]), n. a traditional alcoholic drink of Japan. It is made from rice. [Also spelled saki.] [1913 Webster +PJC]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Sake \Sake\ (s[=a]k), n. [OE. sake cause, also, lawsuit, fault, AS. sacu strife, a cause or suit at law; akin to D. zaak cause, thing, affair, G. sache thing, cause in law, OHG. sahha, Icel. s["o]k, Sw. sak, Dan. sag, Goth. sakj[=o] strife, AS. sacan to contend, strive, Goth. sakam, Icel. saka to contend, strive, blame, OHG. sahhan, MHG. sachen, to contend, strive, defend one's right, accuse, charge in a lawsuit, and also to E. seek. Cf. Seek.] Final cause; end; purpose of obtaining; cause; motive; reason; interest; concern; account; regard or respect; -- used chiefly in such phrases as, for the sake of, for his sake, for man's sake, for mercy's sake, and the like; as, to commit crime for the sake of gain; to go abroad for the sake of one's health. [1913 Webster] Moved with wrath and shame and ladies' sake. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake. --Gen. viii. 21. [1913 Webster] Will he draw out, For anger's sake, finite to infinite? --Milton. [1913 Webster] Knowledge is for the sake of man, and not man for the sake of knowledge. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster] Note: The -s of the possessive case preceding sake is sometimes omitted for euphony; as, for goodness sake. "For conscience sake." --1 Cor. x. 28. The plural sakes is often used with a possessive plural. "For both our sakes." --Shak. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Saki \Sa"ki\ (s[aum]"k[-e]), n. The alcoholic drink of Japan. It is made from rice; it is usually spelled sake. [1913 Webster +PJC] SakiehMoby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
65 Moby Thesaurus words for "sake": account, advantage, aim, ambition, animus, aspiration, basis, behalf, benefit, calling, cause, consideration, counsel, desideration, desideratum, design, desire, determination, effect, fixed purpose, function, gain, goal, good, ground, guiding light, guiding star, idea, ideal, inspiration, intendment, intent, intention, lodestar, mainspring, matter, meaning, mind, motive, nisus, objectives, plan, point, principle, profit, project, proposal, prospectus, purpose, purposes, reason, reasons, resolution, resolve, score, source, spring, striving, study, ulterior motive, view, vocation, welfare, well-being, will