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

Travelzoo: $129 (weekdays) or $149 (weekends) for a 50-minute artisan massage or 50-minute personal remedy facial and extras including a glass of sparkling wine. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Spa deals: New Phoenician Spa has summer discounts," 11 July 2018 About 260 illicit massage businesses are located in Pennsylvania, and 370 in New Jersey. Justine Mcdaniel, Philly.com, "'Who's buying sex in Center City on lunch break?' Bill takes aim at sex trafficking at massage parlors," 22 June 2018 Healey said her office will continue to go after the massage businesses described on the review boards. Jenifer Mckim And Phillip Martin, BostonGlobe.com, "Sex traffickers are on many websites. Why is police action so rare?," 16 Jan. 2018 Randy Pierce, spa director at the Remède Spaat , said its CBD oil massage add-on is extremely popular. Janna Mandell, SFChronicle.com, "SF spas embrace CBD-infused rituals," 28 June 2018 Fairfax County Police said the woman was assaulted by Amr Mohammed, 51, of Prince William County, during her massage. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Woman assaulted during massage at McLean spa, police say," 26 June 2018 Self-massage and at least eight hours of sleep As a former personal trainer and competitive obstacle course athlete, TJ Wynn is a big believer in functional fitness. Laura Schwecherl, SELF, "13 Athletes Share How They Recover After a Tough Workout," 14 July 2018 Apply in Small-to-Big Loops To give yourself a mini-facial moment, Shiseido recommends a quick massage technique. The Cut, "How to Get the Most Out of Your Serum," 13 July 2018 Now, this really shouldn't be anything new considering how popular jade rollers are right now, but the way my aesthetician performed this massage literally changed my life, not to mention my eye-care routine. Rebecca Norris, Allure, "I Tried a Japanese Skin-Care Routine for a Month, and These Are the Results," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

To begin the work of massaging an inflexible roster while making a push toward the playoffs. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons show life and an identity with 2018 NBA draft picks," 22 June 2018 Part of the process of massaging players’ psyches while pushing them to work harder has been a commitment on Hurley’s part — to the players who want to stay. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Dan Hurley's Way: Healing Before Hammering At UConn," 30 May 2018 Djokovic called for a trainer and had his left leg massaged when leading, 4-3, in the third set. Mattias Karen, BostonGlobe.com, "Third-seeded Marin Cilic upset at Wimbledon," 5 July 2018 Djokovic called for a trainer and had his left leg massaged when leading 4-3 in the third set. Houston Chronicle, "Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal advance at Wimbledon," 5 July 2018 From there, Omari started massaging shea butter into my face with long, careful strokes. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "I Tried the Weird Mouth Massage Meghan Markle Swears By," 18 May 2018 Pour half of the dressing over the kale and cabbage and massage the dressing into the greens using your hands. Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "This Thai peanut salad is fresh and colorful, with a satisfying crunch," 10 May 2018 Angeli chef Kathy Ternay started massaging olive oil into the fresh crumbs and baking them. Evan Kleiman, latimes.com, "The outrageously simple joy of bread crumbs, plus a recipe for cauliflower steaks with (surprise!) garlicky bread crumbs," 9 Mar. 2018 The idea is to let the salt slowly pull water from the cucumbers rather than massage them with salt, so the cucumbers keep their form. 2. Lisa Beebe, Good Housekeeping, "This Woman Travels The Country In A School Bus Teaching People How To Pickle," 12 Dec. 2017

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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

French, from masser to massage, from Arabic massa to stroke

Verb

see massage entry 1

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1 Sep 2018

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Time Traveler for massage

The first known use of massage was circa 1860

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More Definitions for massage

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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