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

That’s along with kombucha shakes and fresh massages and stuff like that. Eric Johnson, Recode, "American capitalism broke in the 1980s. Can it be fixed?," 7 Nov. 2018 Team members can expect potlucks, happy hours, free massage therapy and birthday lunches. azcentral, "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona-Medium Companies," 7 June 2018 To help minimize these effects, try stress-busting techniques like meditation, massage and exercise. Andrea Thelen, Ms, Detroit Free Press, "5 tips to rev up your metabolism," 30 Apr. 2018 Pro Athlete perks that older workers would likely never expect include no-cost health coverage, weekly massages and free meals all day at work. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "What companies want: millennials. What they're offering: massages, student loan help | The Kansas City Star," 27 Apr. 2018 Aimed squarely at billionaires perusing the Beijing auto show’s offerings this week, a concept model being displayed includes optional white nappa-leather lie-flat seats with massage and aroma-therapy functions. Fortune, "Mercedes-Benz Aims at Billionaires With New Maybach Crossover," 24 Apr. 2018 The all-star center, who had been noticeably fatigued in recent games, received a massage and treatment. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers' Dario Saric questionable with gastroenteritis," 13 Mar. 2018 The spa offers a wide range of massages, facials, and body treatments, all of which incorporate fresh, all-natural ingredients that are hand-mixed on the spot. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "An Artists’ Guide to the Paradisiacal Beach Town of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica," 2 Jan. 2019 Although the Cadys covered their own travel costs to Belize City, the resort developers paid for almost everything else: transport to the island, cocktails and meals, massages, snorkeling, paddleboarding and boat excursions. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Shopping for a Luxury Home? Now You Can Try Before You Buy," 2 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Mix brown sugar and coconut oil, then gently massage onto your lips to remove the dead skin. Talia Abbas, SELF, "We Asked Derms How to Keep Dry Lips Moisturized During Winter and Here’s What They Told Us," 11 Dec. 2018 The hotel’s overall concept might be massaged to subtly resonate: Look at EAST Miami, for example, which is owned by Hong Kong–based Swire. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Chinese Tourists Are Changing the Travel Landscape," 2 Nov. 2018 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

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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 \

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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