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Sake definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SAKE, n. [Heb. to press or oppress. The primary sense is to strain, urge, press or drive forward, and this is from the same root as seek, essay and L. sequor, whence we have pursue and prosecute. We have analogous words in cause, thing, and the L. res.]
1. Final cause; end; purpose; or rather the purpose of obtaining. I open a window for the sake of air, that is, to obtain it, for the purpose of obtaining air. I read for the sake of instruction, that is, to obtain it. Sake then signifies primarily effort to obtain, and secondarily purpose of obtaining. The hero fights for the sake of glory; men labor for the sake of subsistence or wealth.
2. Account; regard to any person or thing.
I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake. Genesis 8.
Save me for thy mercies' sake. Psalms 6.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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: 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; "for the sake of argument"

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English, dispute, guilt, purpose, from Old English sacu guilt, action at law; akin to Old High German sahha action at law, cause, Old English s?can to seek more at seek Date: 13th century 1. end, purpose <for the sake of argument> 2. a. the good, advantage, or enhancement of some entity (as an ideal) <free to pursue learning for its own sake M. S. Eisenhower> b. personal or social welfare, safety, or benefit II. noun or saki Etymology: Japanese sake Date: 1682 a Japanese alcoholic beverage of fermented rice often served hot

Oxford Reference Dictionary

1. n. (esp. for the sake of or for one's sake) 1 out of consideration for; in the interest of; because of; owing to (for my own sake as well as yours). 2 in order to please, honour, get, or keep (for the sake of uniformity). Phrases and idioms: for Christ's (or God's or goodness' or Heaven's or Pete's etc.) sake an expression of urgency, impatience, supplication, anger, etc. for old times' sake in memory of former times. Etymology: OE sacu contention, charge, fault, sake f. Gmc 2. n. a Japanese alcoholic drink made from rice. Etymology: Jap.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. Moved with wrath and shame and ladies' sake. --Spenser. I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake. --Gen. viii. 21. Will he draw out, For anger's sake, finite to infinite? --Milton. Knowledge is for the sake of man, and not man for the sake of knowledge. --Sir W. Hamilton. 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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(sakes) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. If you do something for the sake of something, you do it for that purpose or in order to achieve that result. You can also say that you do it for something's sake. For the sake of historical accuracy, please permit us to state the true facts... For safety's sake, never stand directly behind a horse. PHRASE: PHR n 2. If you do something for its own sake, you do it because you want to, or because you enjoy it, and not for any other reason. You can also talk about, for example, art for art's sake or sport for sport's sake. Economic change for its own sake did not appeal to him... PHRASE: usu n PHR 3. When you do something for someone's sake, you do it in order to help them or make them happy. I trust you to do a good job for Stan's sake... Linda knew that for both their sakes she must take drastic action. PHRASE: N inflects, PHR with cl 4. Some people use expressions such as for God's sake, for heaven's sake, for goodness sake, or for Pete's sake in order to express annoyance or impatience, or to add force to a question or request. The expressions 'for God's sake' and 'for Christ's sake' could cause offence. (INFORMAL) For goodness sake, why didn't you ring me?... PHRASE: N inflects, PHR with cl [feelings]

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Reason, purpose, end, final cause. 2. Score, account, regard, respect, consideration, reason, cause, interest.

Moby Thesaurus

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


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