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

Smith sips some cafecito during a break while getting a shoulder massage from his brother-in-law. Johnny Diaz, sun-sentinel.com, "Will Smith releases behind-the-scenes video of ‘Bad Boys For Life’ in Miami and Miami Beach," 10 June 2019 Pistole said that Skyline’s business plan is putting massage chairs in airports. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, "The Trade Secret Firms That Promised High-Tech Ransomware Solutions Almost Always Just Pay the Hackers," 15 May 2019 Rozin's research suggests this theory could account for the love of rollercoasters, excruciatingly spicy chilis, painful massages, and scary movies. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "2019 Needed a Hit as Bleak as Chernobyl," 4 June 2019 But as of today, my job just got a little easier, thanks to Regi, an online booking platform that allows users to book (and, by proxy, recommend) all sorts of treatments (i.e. manicures, massages, facials, and Botox) — all in one place. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "Meet Regi, Allergan's New On-Demand Service That Makes Booking Your Botox Even Easier," 9 Apr. 2019 There are dozens of fields of study in fields including: graphic design, bridal consulting, cosmetology, surgical technology, personal training, massage therapy, dental hygiene, video game design and much more. Teen Vogue, "What To Do After High School: 9 Things To Do Besides College," 4 Apr. 2019 Acupuncture, herbal and dietary supplementation, medical massage, cupping, and a variety of other techniques all fall under the broader umbrella of TCM. Abigail Barronian, Outside Online, "Traditional Chinese Medicine Holds the Secret to Heath," 1 June 2018 Instead, my aesthetician, Farnaz, gave my face the most intense deep-tissue massage of my life. Glamour, "We Tried the Best Methods for Getting Rid of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes," 30 Apr. 2019 During the winter, the hotel’s yoga classes draw locals from around the island; join a class for free before ducking into one of their spa rooms for a soothing massage. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "For Authentic Ibiza, Visit in the Winter," 15 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On a recent Tuesday morning, some 20 Congolese villagers sat bent over mounds of river clay, determinedly pinching and massaging the orange-brown masses into expressive lips, eyes, and fingers. Eléonore Hellio, National Geographic, "See the Congolese artists igniting a modern arts movement," 8 Apr. 2019 Try inhaling straight from the bottle at the first sign of a headache or use it in a face massage: Add 1 drop lavender to a teaspoon of unscented face cream, massaging the jaw, temples, and forehead. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "8 Best Essential Oils for Headaches and How to Use Them," 24 May 2019 But brace yourself to watch videos of women cringing while Joe Biden massages their shoulders approximately a hundred times. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Joe Biden Isn't the Best Alternative to Trump," 6 May 2019 In the same way that Farnaz massaged my face into order, Martyn used her tools to jolt my muscles into formation, working the microcurrent wand along my brows while electronic patches gently pulsed along my neck, jawline, and cheeks. Glamour, "We Tried the Best Methods for Getting Rid of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes," 30 Apr. 2019 The gel was massaged into the rats’ shaved backs for 30 seconds each time. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Do Topical CBD Products Actually Do Anything for Pain?," 19 Apr. 2019 After gently massaging my lips for about 10 seconds max, my lips were completely bare and felt hydrated from the oil. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Glossier's New $12 Milky Oil Will Change the Way You Take off Your Makeup," 19 Feb. 2019 Most of the men and women who perform the foot massages are incredibly experienced, with an uncanny ability to zoom in on a trouble spot within minutes and massage away the pain and strain. Janice Leung Hayes, Condé Nast Traveler, "23 Best Things to Do in Hong Kong," 27 Feb. 2018 Bonus points for the slightly massaging action of the bristles that feel great on my scalp. Mackenzie Dunn, Good Housekeeping, "This $8 Wet Brush Rescued My Hair from Tangles," 11 Apr. 2019

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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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