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sake

noun 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 bring advantage 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 pounds. Let's say, just for the sake of argument/for argument's sake (= for the purpose of this discussion), that prices rise 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 emphasize requests or orders when you are angry or have lost patience: For goodness' sake don't let her know I told you!
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