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 Robles’ voracious work ethic — he is often found running stadium stairs early in the afternoon or treating his right arm with a portable massage gun before day games — has helped him become one of the most dominant relievers in the league. Maria Torres, Los Angeles Times, "Mets castoff Hansel Robles, a.k.a. Caballo Blanco, exceeds Angels’ expectations," 16 Sep. 2019 During Andrew’s visit at Epstein’s Manhattan mansion in 2010, he reportedly was seen by a literary agent getting foot massages from two attractive young Russian women. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Did Sarah Ferguson also stay friends with Jeffrey Epstein after his first jail stint?," 11 Sep. 2019 The monitor arm that holds up to three displays isn’t motorized anymore, but the Thronos picked up massage capabilities, so that’s a net win in my book. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Acer unveils a hulking $14,000 gaming cockpit, a 300Hz Predator laptop, and more at IFA," 4 Sep. 2019 Chapman is known not just for working with Meghan Markle but also for her vigorous facial massage protocol, designed to unearth cheekbones and melt signs of fatigue. Jessica Matlin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Royal Skin-Care Secrets You Need to Try for Yourself," 3 Sep. 2019 Sometimes, Lambert said, there were back rubs and massages. Dylan Segelbaum, USA TODAY, "Former Pa. scoutmaster, citizen of the year focus of inquiry into decades of sex abuse," 28 Aug. 2019 Just create a paste (half and half) and massage through the hair. Kristen Granero, NBC News, "Sweating, chafing, chlorine: Solutions to summer's biggest hair and skin challenges," 18 Aug. 2019 The suit, filed Thursday in a federal court in New York, claims the women were working as hostesses at a popular Manhattan restaurant in 2004 when they were recruited to give Epstein massages. CBS News, "Jeffrey Epstein's death ruled a suicide by hanging," 16 Aug. 2019 The mayor even sat in a massage chair next to a salt lamp in a small upstairs meditation room. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Latest Safe Streets site opens as Baltimore reaches 200 homicides during Ceasefire Weekend," 4 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Various components of the plan will be examined and likely massaged in the coming weeks and months. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego’s ever-shifting policies to combat homelessness," 18 Oct. 2019 Astronauts ruptured the water pouch then massaged the liquid into the cement powder sample and mixed it with a spatula for 90 minutes. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Why Astronauts Are Mixing Cement Aboard the International Space Station," 21 May 2018 Think about trying to massage a spot with your whole palm, explains Miranda. Amy Marturana, SELF, "How to Shop for a Foam Roller," 30 Mar. 2019 But her tinny outrage and Tyler’s own dogmatic logorrhea begin to feel like exhibits in a playfully prickly riff on the inauthentic, the massaged and the cagily appropriated when telling stories. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘The Plagiarists’ is an adventurous comic thumping," 29 Aug. 2019 First use a Peppermint oil to massage into your temples and ears. Danielle Guercio, chicagotribune.com, "5 simple ways marijuana can help you smash a hangover," 26 Aug. 2019 V-8-powered X7s feature massaging and cooled front seats with quilted, perforated leather, and a surround-view camera system, as well as a Bowers & Wilkins premium 20-speaker audio system. Arv Voss, Houston Chronicle, "BMW launches first-ever X7," 23 Aug. 2019 The layout for the spacious interior was massaged by the couple with Benjamin Oliver, a friend and designer who owns BOAD (Benjamin Oliver: Architectural Design), a design firm that works in New York, Hartford and Costa Rica. Duo Dickinson, courant.com, "At their new home in Asylum Hill: Chion Wolf and Emily Petersen have ‘married Hartford’," 31 Aug. 2019 Then massage the infant's back rather than patting to bring on a burp. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Trash in the ocean," 26 Aug. 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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Time Traveler for massage

Time Traveler

The first known use of massage was circa 1860

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Last Updated

27 Oct 2019

Cite this Entry

“Massage.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/massaged. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for massage

massage

noun
How to pronounce massage (audio) How to pronounce massage (audio)

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
massaged; massaging

Medical Definition of massage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to treat by means of massage

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