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

The number of massage therapist jobs has more than doubled in the past decade. Christopher Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "Richer U.S. households fueling a hot job sector: ‘wealth work’," 30 July 2019 The alleged incidents occurred in April and July 2016, and involve two different massage therapists. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Massage Envy, including Encinitas site, sued by clients alleging sexual misconduct," 19 July 2019 The booking comes with an entire staff including a chef, massage therapist, and activity coordinators. Danielle Abril, Fortune, "Airbnb Gets Swanky With Chateaus and Beach Homes Costing Up to $1 Million Weekly," 25 June 2019 Trove Design Shop and Melissa Jane, a licensed massage therapist, will hold the event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5532 1st Avenue N. Trove Design Shop is a gift and homewares shop featuring ceramics, handmade jewelry, cards, art, books and décor items. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "Design shop, message therapist open shared Woodlawn space," 21 June 2019 Unfortunately, we are not licensed massage therapists. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "Down to Business: Blush by Tiffany born after job layoff prompts Elgin woman to take a leap of faith," 7 June 2019 There is no electricity, no running water, no toilets, no showers, no roads or shops or spas for a nice vacation massage. Leon Russell, BostonGlobe.com, "Falling for a Maine island - The Boston Globe," 13 Sep. 2019 September is National Senior Center Month and the center is offering a coupon for an extra 10 minutes free for every massage booked during the month of September. courant.com, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 11 Sep. 2019 On Love also sells Stimulating Orgasm Oil, which when applied, felt like a vaginal massage. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "High On Love Makes the Most Delicious CBD Lube I've Ever Tried," 6 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Other interesting new features are massaging front seats, wireless charging, optional 21-inch wheels, and the use of sustainable interior materials. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport Adds Style and a Hybrid Model," 21 May 2019 The session allegedly featured Epstein masturbating as the girl massaged him. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Jeffrey Epstein is dead. Prosecutors could still go after his inner circle if they helped him prey on young girls," 10 Aug. 2019 The b oard is poised to release $117.5 million for the calamity, having to date been wined and dined, and their egos massaged, by wily museum director Michael Govan. Los Angeles Times, "Reader feedback: Is the LACMA redesign a ‘calamity’ in the making?," 20 July 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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