synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of sake in English

English Online Dictionary. What means sake‎? What does sake mean?

From Middle English sake (sake, cause), from Old English sacu (cause, lawsuit, legal action, complaint, issue, dispute), from Proto-West Germanic *saku, from Proto-Germanic *sakō (affair, thing, charge, accusation, matter), from Proto-Indo-European *seh₂g- (to investigate).

Akin to West Frisian saak (cause; business), Low German Saak, Dutch zaak (matter; cause; business), German Sache (thing; matter; cause; legal cause), Danish sag, Swedish and Norwegian sak, Gothic 𐍃𐌰𐌺𐌾𐍉 (sakjō, dispute, argument), Old English sōcn (inquiry, prosecution), Old English sēcan (to seek). More at soke, soken, seek.

  • enPR: sāk, IPA(key): /ˈseɪk/
  • Rhymes: -eɪk

sake (plural sakes)

  1. cause, interest or account
  2. purpose or end; reason
  3. the benefit or regard of someone or something
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 242a-b.
      But it will be for your sake that we'll undertake to refute this thesis, []
  4. (obsolete except in phrases) contention, strife; guilt, sin, accusation or charge
  • The word sake is generally used in constructions of the form "for X's sake" or "for the sake of X", where X is a noun (see the quotations above, for sake of, and for the sake of).
  • Garner's Modern American Usage notes it is common to write an apostrophe rather than apostrophe–ess in this construction when the noun ends in an /s/ or /z/ sound: for appearance' sake, for goodness' sake.

sake (countable and uncountable, plural sakes)

  1. Alternative spelling of saké
  • KEAS, akes, seak, aske, kesa, Kase, Seka, keas
  • saké, saki

From Japanese (sake, alcoholic drink).

  • IPA(key): /ˈsaː.keː/
  • Hyphenation: sa‧ke

sake m (uncountable)

  1. sake (Japanese rice wine)
    Hypernyms: rijstbier, rijstwijn

From Japanese (sake, alcoholic drink).

  • IPA(key): /ˈsɑke/, [ˈs̠ɑ̝k̟e̞]
  • Rhymes: -ɑke
  • Syllabification(key): sa‧ke


  1. sake (Japanese rice wine)
  • sake”, in Kielitoimiston sanakirja [Dictionary of Contemporary Finnish]‎[1] (in Finnish) (online dictionary, continuously updated), Kotimaisten kielten keskuksen verkkojulkaisuja 35, Helsinki: Kotimaisten kielten tutkimuskeskus (Institute for the Languages of Finland), 2004–, retrieved 2023-07-03
  • eksa-, seka-
  • IPA(key): /sà.kéː/
    • (Standard Kano Hausa) IPA(key): [sə̀.céː]

sàkē m (possessed form sàken)

  1. slackness

From Japanese (さけ) (sake, alcoholic drink).

  • IPA(key): /
  • Hyphenation: sa‧ké

sake (plural sake-sake, first-person possessive sakeku, second-person possessive sakemu, third-person possessive sakenya)

  1. sake (Japanese rice wine)
  • saki (nonstandard)
  • “sake” in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia, Jakarta: Agency for Language Development and Cultivation – Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia, 2016.


  1. Rōmaji transcription of さけ
  2. Rōmaji transcription of サケ

From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *sakay.


  1. to board, to embark, to ride

From Old Dutch *saka, from Proto-West Germanic *saku.

sāke f

  1. case, matter, affair
  2. thing
  3. cause, reason

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

  • Dutch: zaak
  • Limburgish: zaak
  • “sake”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • Verwijs, E., Verdam, J. (1885–1929) “sake”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, →ISBN

Cognate with Farefare sakɛ

IPA(key): /sà.ke/


  1. to take out
  2. to accept, agree, approve of, tolerate, permit, obey
  3. to answer to a call
  4. to succeed, do well

From Japanese (sake, alcoholic drink).

  • IPA(key): /²saːkə/

sake m (definite singular saken, indefinite plural sakar, definite plural sakane)

  1. saké (Japanese rice wine)
    Hypernyms: risøl, risvin
  • “sake” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.


  1. inflection of saka (one's own):
    1. masculine/neuter locative singular
    2. masculine accusative plural
    3. feminine vocative singular

Borrowed from Japanese (sake, alcoholic drink).

  • IPA(key): /ˈsa.kɛ/
  • Rhymes: -akɛ
  • Syllabification: sa‧ke

sake n (indeclinable)

  1. sake (Japanese rice wine)
  • sake in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • sake in Polish dictionaries at PWN
  • saquê, saqué

Unadapted borrowing from Japanese (sake, alcoholic drink).

sake m (plural sakes)

  1. sake (Japanese rice wine)

For quotations using this term, see Citations:saquê.

Borrowed from French saké.

sake n (uncountable)

  1. sake

Borrowed from Japanese (sake, alcoholic drink).

  • IPA(key): /ˈsake/ [ˈ]
  • Rhymes: -ake
  • Syllabification: sa‧ke
  • Homophone: saque

sake m (plural sakes)

  1. sake (Japanese rice wine)
  • “sake”, in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014
  • saké

sake c

  1. saké (rice wine)
  • sake in Svensk ordbok (SO)
  • sake in Svenska Akademiens ordlista (SAOL)
  • sake in Svenska Akademiens ordbok (SAOB)

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