massage

noun
mas·​sage | \mə-ˈsäzh, -ˈsäj \

Definition of massage 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: manipulation of tissues (as by rubbing, kneading, or tapping) with the hand or an instrument for relaxation or therapeutic purposes gave him a neck massage

massage

verb
massaged; massaging

Definition of massage (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to subject to massage

2a : to treat flatteringly : blandish

b : manipulate, doctor massaged the data to help his cause

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Other Words from massage

Verb

massager noun

Examples of massage in a Sentence

Noun

She gave him a neck massage. using massage to help relax

Verb

She massaged her leg until the numbness was gone. a candidate who knows that you have to massage the voters if you want to get elected
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Anticipating temple fatigue, which is a thing, Teyssier rented another traditional Khmer house to serve as a sort of day spa where guests can have lunch and get a massage. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Deeper in Cambodia," 19 Nov. 2018 The health and wellness coach was pregnant with her daughter at the time and had been getting a foot massage when the pedicurist pointed it out. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Mom has foot amputated after discovering cancerous tumor during pedicure," 25 Apr. 2018 There’s a wellness pavilion (for massages or a shvitz in a cedar sauna), a swimming pool and, farther afield, a private beach, accessible by one of the hotel’s complimentary bikes or the golf cart shuttle service. Anja Mutić, WSJ, "A Guide to Croatia’s Island Hideouts," 19 July 2018 There’s no velvet chaise lounge where someone gives you a massage. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Rachel Bloom Has a Lot to Say," 13 June 2018 Celebrity esthetician Ildi Pekar also suggests taking a few extra moments to give yourself a facial massage when putting on skincare products. Leah Prinzivalli, Bon Appetit, "Nope, Sorry, I Won't Exercise My Face," 12 June 2018 Remedy Wellness already provided massage therapy, corrective facials and Reiki, says McCarthy. Kathi Santora, baltimoresun.com, "Remedy Wellness offers flotation therapy as unconventional approach to pain relief," 25 May 2018 According to her account in the New York Times, Weinstein invited her to his hotel suite and attempted to give her a massage in the bedroom. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Why Brad Pitt Reportedly Threatened to Kill Harvey Weinstein in the ’90s," 23 May 2018 Perez, 30, said he was persuaded by an admissions officer at Corinthian Colleges’ Everest Institute in Massachusetts to take out a $5,000 loan to attend the school for massage therapy. Danielle Ivory And Erica L. Green, BostonGlobe.com, "Education Department curtails investigation of fraud at for-profit colleges," 13 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Rather than relying on traditional butters and oils, the formula is filled with ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid that locks in moisture and plumps skin...and dries within a minute of being massaged into your hands. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The 5 Truly Excellent Beauty Products I'm Loving This Week," 10 Oct. 2018 Using your fingertips, massage a serum [try Neutrogena Hydro Boost Serum] or oil into your face before applying makeup. Glamour Beauty Editors, Glamour, "18 Genius Tips for Glowing Skin," 2 Aug. 2018 Of course, the idea of soaking in a tub or being massaged is nothing all that groundbreaking. Carrie Battan, Harper's BAZAAR, "Escaping the Seduction of Your Smartphone," 26 July 2018 Seal bag and gently massage chicken to ensure all thighs are coated in vinegar. Molly Baz, Bon Appetit, "Lemon Chicken Thighs," 26 Mar. 2018 The lawsuit alleges Angley made Miller lie on a bed while the televangelist massaged him. Fox News, "Former pastor claims sex abuse against televangelist," 25 Aug. 2018 Just massage a few drops of oil over your skin after moisturizing each night, and watch the slow glow happen. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Rosehip Oil Got Rid of This Woman's Acne in Only 3 Weeks," 9 July 2018 Just massage onto the skin in gentle, circular motions, explains Dr. Engelman. 2. Emily Rekstis, SELF, "9 Ways to Use Bio-Oil, the Drugstore Scar Treatment People Love," 22 June 2018 Generously massage half the amount of rub over your ribs. Kelly Vaughan, courant.com, "BBQ Recipes," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of massage

Noun

circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for massage

Noun

French, from masser to massage, from Arabic massa to stroke

Verb

see massage entry 1

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The first known use of massage was circa 1860

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massage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of massage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the action of rubbing or pressing someone's body in a way that helps muscles to relax or reduces pain in muscles and joints

massage

verb

English Language Learners Definition of massage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to rub or press (someone's body) in a way that helps muscles to relax or reduces pain in muscles and joints : to give a massage to (someone or a part of someone's body)

: to change (numbers, data, etc.) in a dishonest way in order to deceive people

massage

noun
mas·​sage | \mə-ˈsäzh \

Kids Definition of massage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a soothing treatment of the body done by rubbing, kneading, and tapping

massage

verb
massaged; massaging

Kids Definition of massage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give a soothing treatment to (the body) by rubbing, stroking, or pressing with the hands

massage

noun
mas·​sage | \mə-ˈsäzh, -ˈsäj \

Medical Definition of massage 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: manipulation of tissues (as by rubbing, stroking, kneading, or tapping) with the hand or an instrument especially for therapeutic purposes

massage

transitive verb
massaged; massaging

Medical Definition of massage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to treat by means of massage

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