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

For our adult patients, having a half-hour massage and then an adjustment is just hands down one of the best ways to keep their bodies working as well as humanly possible. Daina Saleh, Naperville Sun, "Down to Business: View of chiropractic treatment changing as people take control of their own medical decisions," 6 July 2018 Choose from an array of herbal massages and rejuvenating facials, or simply post up in a lounge chair with a summer read and cocktail. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "This East Coast Getaway Is the Perfect Alternative to The Hamptons," 26 June 2018 After walking around a golf course all day, what’s better than a massage and a good stretch? Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Travelers Notebook: U.S. Open Champ Brooks Koepka A Late Arriver," 19 June 2018 The year away from practicing with a team and access to trainers, recovery massages and weight training led to some early injury issues. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Oregon sprinter Cravon Gillespie is a threat this week in the NCAA Championships," 5 June 2018 Toomey’s guests pay between $2,000 and $6,000 for her cathartic workouts with options for beachside massages and picturesque hikes in spots like Mustique and Mexico. Washington Post, "Wellness travel: It’s more than just staying fit on the road," 5 June 2018 Counselors are standing around the perimeter of the hearing room and teams are providing massages and breathing exercises to reduce anxiety. Fox News, "Survivors of fire struggle with emotions as probe continues," 23 May 2018 After the wing had healed sufficiently, the bird underwent physical therapy, which for owls involves sedation, massage and stretching. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Who wins: truck versus owl, and the owl survives," 8 May 2018 There will be optional cryo-facials, massage and more. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Business briefs, May 3," 3 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 To begin the work of massaging an inflexible roster while making a push toward the playoffs. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons show life and an identity with 2018 NBA draft picks," 22 June 2018 Part of the process of massaging players’ psyches while pushing them to work harder has been a commitment on Hurley’s part — to the players who want to stay. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Dan Hurley's Way: Healing Before Hammering At UConn," 30 May 2018 Djokovic called for a trainer and had his left leg massaged when leading, 4-3, in the third set. Mattias Karen, BostonGlobe.com, "Third-seeded Marin Cilic upset at Wimbledon," 5 July 2018 Djokovic called for a trainer and had his left leg massaged when leading 4-3 in the third set. Houston Chronicle, "Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal advance at Wimbledon," 5 July 2018 From there, Omari started massaging shea butter into my face with long, careful strokes. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "I Tried the Weird Mouth Massage Meghan Markle Swears By," 18 May 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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More Definitions for massage

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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