sake Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “sake” in the English Dictionary

"sake" in British English

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uk   us   /seɪk/

sake noun (HELP)

for the sake of sb/for sb's sake
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B2 in ​order to ​help or ​bringadvantage to someone: Please do it, for David's sake. Their ​parents only ​stayed together for the sake of the ​children. I ​hope for both ​our sakes that you're ​right!

sake noun (REASON)

for the sake of sth/for sth's sake because of, or for the ​purpose of something: Let's not ​disagree for the sake of (= because of) a few ​dollars. Let's say, just for the sake of ​argument/for argument's sake (= for the ​purpose of this ​discussion), that ​pricesrise by three ​percent this ​year. You're only ​arguing for the sake of ​arguing (= because you like ​arguing).

sake noun (EMPHASIS)

for goodness', God's, Pete's, heaven's, etc. sake used to ​emphasizerequests or ​orders when you are ​angry or have ​lostpatience: For ​goodness' sake don't ​let her ​know I told you!

sakenoun [C or U]

(also saki) uk   us   /ˈsɑː.ki/
a ​Japanesealcoholicdrink made from ​rice and usually ​drunkwarm
(Definition of sake from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sake" in American English

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 us   /seɪk/

sake noun (ADVANTAGE)

[C] an ​advantage or ​benefit: For his sake, I ​hope he has some ​protection. She ​tried to ​lookhealthy, for her husband’s sake.

sake noun (PURPOSE)

[U] purpose or ​reason: He is ​unwilling to ​oppose it just for the sake of ​opposing.
(Definition of sake from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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