Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) a reason for wanting something done
    died for the sake of his country
    in the interest of safety
    in the common interest
  2. (noun, cognition) the purpose of achieving or obtaining
  3. (noun, food) Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice; usually served hot

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Synonyms of Sake

interest, rice beer, saki

Origin of the word Sake

  1. "Japanese rice liquor," 1687, from Japanese sake, lit. "alcohol." more
  2. "purpose," O.E. sacu "a cause at law, crime, dispute, guilt," from P.Gmc. *sako "affair, thing, charge, accusation" (cf. O.N. s?k "charge, lawsuit, effect, cause," O.Fris. seke "strife, dispute, matter, thing," Du. zaak, Ger. sache "thing, matter, affair, cause"), from PIE base *sag- "to investigate" (cf. O.E. secan, Goth.… more

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