massage

noun
mas·​sage | \ mə-ˈsäzh How to pronounce massage (audio) , -ˈsäj How to pronounce massage (audio) \

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

What to Book The Ocean Spa Wave massage, on a swishing water bed, is an on-theme entry point to total relaxation at sea ($259 for 75 minutes), while the Kérastase Chronologist Caviar hair treatment ($99) gives top-down polish. Sloane Crosley, Vogue, "All Aboard the Good Ship Self-Care," 12 Mar. 2019 An extensive poolside menu offers adult popsicles and drinks by the pitcher; the fitness machines have individual TVs (hallelujah), and the Have No Mercy deep-tissue massage at ZaSpa is to die for. Diana Oates, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Hotels in Houston," 9 Oct. 2018 The massages are the ultimate form of relaxation and pampering yourself. Faith Cummings, Teen Vogue, "Chillhouse CEO Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton Talks Sexism in the Workplace," 16 July 2018 The massages are done with a special jojoba oil that has a similar pH to human skin and is nonallergenic. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Discovery Cove adds animal tour, massage options," 4 June 2018 The Oakland County Sheriff's Office also told The New York Post that Habif said the woman would have to fill out a survey detailing how the massage felt for her. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Lyft driver gave woman a Four Loko and massage for $400 — then assaulted her, Michigan cops say | Miami Herald," 3 May 2018 Like many Indonesian healers, Lagita relied on massage and compresses made with essential oils such as sandalwood. Jennifer Goldstein, Marie Claire, "How To Spice Up Your Skincare Routine," 18 Jan. 2019 Other honeymoons have massages and unlimited pina coladas. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The NBA Honeymooners From Japan: 13 Games in 13 Nights," 16 Jan. 2019 Guests of the villas are also entitled to a complimentary 90-minute spa treatment, which includes a massage and reiki. Alex Schechter, Vogue, "Beyond Airbnb: 9 Luxe Hotels That Cater to House Lovers," 11 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After the device is removed, the technician will massage the skin for a couple minutes. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "'Selfie awareness' has millennials turning to double chin removal procedures," 21 Sep. 2018 Instead, the complaint states, Lee got up, naked and angry, and demanded Carballo keep massaging him. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "Massage therapist accuses Stan Lee of Marvel Comics of inappropriate sexual behavior in Chicago hotel," 23 Apr. 2018 Data can always be massaged for political purposes, but the Supreme Court has ruled that evidence of intent is necessary to prove discrimination, which Labor has not shown. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Discriminating Against Oracle," 13 Feb. 2019 Once your sponge is ready, drizzle face wash over the sponge and gently massage your face in circular motions until your skin is clean and your makeup is removed. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "How to Use a Konjac Sponge for Your Best Skin Ever," 22 Oct. 2018 In bed, McCarrick would massage their shoulders, or otherwise engage in unwanted touching. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "A Catholic cardinal has weathered sex abuse allegations for years. Now they’re finally public," 29 July 2018 The newspaper reported allegations that Mr Wynn exposed himself to massage therapists and other women and made unwanted advances. The Economist, "Sexual misconduct allegations against Steve Wynn hurt his empire," 3 Feb. 2018 The first draft of the prepared remarks was massaged by Stephen Miller, Trump’s senior policy adviser, according to two people familiar with the process, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share details of private conversations. Robert Costa, The Seattle Times, "Trump says he accepts US intelligence on Russian interference in election but denies collusion," 17 July 2018 Apply a dime-size amount of the formula for your skin type to each cheek and massage it into your face, neck and chest. Melissa Matthews, Woman's Day, "The Foolproof Anti-Aging Skin Routine," 24 Aug. 2015

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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 and Verb

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

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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 How to pronounce massage (audio) \

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 How to pronounce massage (audio) , -ˈsäj How to pronounce massage (audio) \

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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