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mas·​sage mə-ˈsäzh How to pronounce massage (audio) -ˈsäj How to pronounce massage (audio)
: 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


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massaged; massaging

transitive verb

: to subject to massage
: to treat flatteringly : blandish
: manipulate, doctor
massaged the data to help his cause
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
Recent Examples on the Web
Every expert interviewed pointed to scalp therapy and massages as one of their top tips for hair growth. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 15 Sep. 2023 There’s a movie theater, a games room, massage and yoga rooms, a sauna/hammam, a large gym, a squash court, an underground three-car garage, a playroom, and a massive 52-foot swimming pool and spa. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 13 Sep. 2023 About 40% of cancer patients use integrative therapies such as massage, acupuncture, meditation and herbal supplements, according to a study cited by City of Hope. Laurence Darmiento, Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2023 The treatment room for my massage looked straight into the boathouse and through a grand stone archway leading out to the gently lapping water. Samantha Lauriello, Travel + Leisure, 6 Sep. 2023 That nets you semi-aniline leather, 16-way power-adjustable front seats with massage, soft-close doors, and an AKG audio system with 36 speakers. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 5 Sep. 2023 Sweat and Tonic, meanwhile, is a one-stop shop for classes and massages, and comes with an infrared sauna and massages as well as a great smoothie bar. Kyle Beechey, Vogue, 5 Sep. 2023 Try to focus on meditation, movement, or bodywork such as acupuncture, chiropractic work, massage, or spa treatments. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Sep. 2023 However, any hunger pangs are quickly offset by the mountain air and lymphatic massage—and the end results are certainly worth it. Vogue, 30 Aug. 2023
Use lukewarm water and massage the cleanser into your face, spending at least one to two minutes on this important step. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 11 Sep. 2023 Simply spray it on and massage the formula into their paws, daily or as needed. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 1 Sep. 2023 Doing something that connects your mind and body through the use of fine motor skills will help you to massage that overactive brain of yours. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Sep. 2023 Apply an ample amount of the shampoo onto their fur and massage it gently into a rich lather. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 Simply press the power button once for extract mode and twice to switch to infuse mode which uses the flat portion of the spatula to massage in your moisturizer, serum or oil. Elizabeth Berry, Good Housekeeping, 23 Aug. 2023 Guests drift through ornate steam rooms and candlelit hot pools, then are massaged with fragrant oils (a choice of rose, pomegranate, lavender or red amber). Tony Perrottet, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Aug. 2023 Most entry-level models focus on a single area to massage, with the back and shoulders being the two most popular. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 14 Aug. 2023 Gently massage back and forth, moving your hands in opposite directions. Andrew Weil, Parents, 14 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use


circa 1860, in the meaning defined above


1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of massage was circa 1860

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Cite this Entry

“Massage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
mas·​sage mə-ˈsäzh How to pronounce massage (audio) -ˈsäj How to pronounce massage (audio)
: treatment (as of the body) by rubbing, stroking, kneading, or tapping


2 of 2 verb
massaged; massaging
: to give massage to

Medical Definition


1 of 2 noun
mas·​sage mə-ˈsäzh How to pronounce massage (audio) -ˈsäj How to pronounce massage (audio)
: manipulation of tissues (as by rubbing, stroking, kneading, or tapping) with the hand or an instrument especially for therapeutic purposes


2 of 2 transitive verb
massaged; massaging
: to treat by means of massage

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