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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
Deep facial massages Pros: Distinct heart shape fits the grooves of the face. Jenn Barthole, Glamour, 9 Apr. 2024 For example, one study showed that daily 20-minute gentle massages for six weeks in older people with dementia decreased aggressiveness and reduced the levels of a stress marker in the blood. Joanne Silberner, New York Times, 8 Apr. 2024 The pianist had performed that night with mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli in Monaco and spoke minutes after receiving a post-concert massage. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Apr. 2024 The 800-square-foot space will feature high-end massage chairs as well as recliners, ergonomic mattresses and Scandinavian chairs, Westfield Galleria stated. Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 2 Apr. 2024 At the spa, the therapist treated my burns with a bespoke massage fusing Palauan remedies with common-sense aloe. Matt Ortile, Condé Nast Traveler, 2 Apr. 2024 The couple — who famously once engaged in an on-air, sensual foot massage and staged a sweaty wrestling match with Consuelos in a tight singlet — returned to their unofficial post as morning TV's horniest duo with a hilarious innuendo at the top of Wednesday's show. Joey Nolfi,, 20 Mar. 2024 There’s no spa, but there are in-cabin massages available. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Push-ups, pull-ups and getting a massage (couldn't lay on my stomach). Katherine Itoh, NBC News, 25 Mar. 2024
Then go in with your hands to massage the bristles or use a clean toothbrush to loosen any gunk or product residue left over and rinse with warm water before laying it out to air dry. Audrey Noble, Vogue, 5 Apr. 2024 Granted, niceties like massaging front seats and a booming 19-speaker McIntosh surround-sound stereo are beyond what the Passport offers. Nick Kurczewski, Quartz, 27 Mar. 2024 Participants also reported feeling comfortable while walking Aro and relaxed while massaging her. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 13 Mar. 2024 The suit claims Whitmer would take the player into a locker room at Sharks Ice, tell him to sit on his lap, wrap his hands around his waist and massage his chest and stomach. Jason Green, The Mercury News, 8 Mar. 2024 There are lots of luxury amenities, including massaging rear seats, climate zones for individual passengers and a 24-speaker Klipsch audio system, plus the existing full-frame four-wheel-drive brawn. Alex Kwanten, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 The complaints included strange tasks given to female writers by Schneider, such as massaging him in front of other writers and crew members. Christine Pelisek, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2024 One element of the special focused on his asking crew members to massage Schneider on set. William Earl, Variety, 19 Mar. 2024 Use the scalloped side of the comb to gently massage the scalp in light, circular motions. Deanna Pai, Vogue, 18 Mar. 2024

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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 19 Apr. 2024.

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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