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 Solis and Baxley both identified themselves as massage therapists. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Nike suspends endorsement arrangement with Deshaun Watson over sexual misconduct allegations," 7 Apr. 2021 All of the women who have sued Watson are either licensed massage therapists or worked in a spa or similar business. BostonGlobe.com, "Nike suspends sponsorship of Texans QB Deshaun Watson after massage therapist speaks out over alleged assault," 7 Apr. 2021 Last week, Hardin released statements from 18 massage therapists who said Watson was professional in their sessions with him. Matt Young, Chron, "22nd lawsuit against Deshaun Watson alleges he wouldn't pay without signed NDA," 5 Apr. 2021 After the last two allegations, which included Watson deleting Instagram messages to allegedly cover-up communication with the massage therapists in question, his lawyer Rusty Hardin released a statement. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Lawyer for Deshaun Watson's accusers comments on 'worry' he has with potential police investigation," 31 Mar. 2021 Even Akira, one of the biggest names in the industry, has spoken publicly about starting her career being cast in stereotypically Asian roles, such as massage therapists. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, "Asian Porn Performers Are Sick of Being Fetishized in Racist Roles," 31 Mar. 2021 Their network also includes adaptive sports instructors, sailboat skippers, tribal elders, massage therapists, and hot air balloon operators, all of whom are trained to work with travelers with disabilities. Arundhati Nath, Condé Nast Traveler, "6 Tour Companies Dedicated to Travelers with Disabilities," 31 Mar. 2021 Two of the women were massage therapists in Houston, where the lawsuits were filed. NBC News, "3 more women accuse Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct, now 19 lawsuits against NFL QB," 29 Mar. 2021 All of the women who have sued Watson are either licensed massage therapists or worked in a spa or similar business. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Dabo Swinney on Deshaun Watson sexual assault lawsuits: ‘Disappointed to see his name in the news’," 23 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Gently massage any areas that seem stiff or sensitive. Hannah Seo, Popular Science, "The best way to prevent arm pain from using your phone too much," 11 Mar. 2021 Using a cotton round, massage a dab of petroleum jelly onto the stained area until the round starts to change color. Angela Watson, chicagotribune.com, "How to remove hair dye from skin," 7 Mar. 2021 Simply massage your claws with lotion and wrap them in plastic wrap before slipping them into these mitts. Christine Persaud, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Tuesday," 3 Mar. 2021 However, assistance may be required to massage hard-to-reach muscle groups of the back and calves. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "How to choose a deep-tissue massage gun," 4 Mar. 2021 In addition, both companies have tools in place to efficiently massage and analyze massive datasets, which is critical when attempting to provide clinicians with critical information to impact decision making. David Lareau, Forbes, "Gaining Control Of Clinical Data: The Battle Continues," 26 Feb. 2021 Nearly all of the money is for income redistribution—some to people in genuine need, but most to advance long-term Democratic social policies, and to massage constituencies like teachers unions and state politicians. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Biden’s First Spending Blowout," 15 Jan. 2021 Critics say this has allowed the authorities to massage the numbers. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "New Data Triples Russia’s Covid-19 Death Toll," 29 Dec. 2020 Critics say this has allowed authorities to massage the numbers. BostonGlobe.com, "WHO says the coronavirus pandemic might not be the ‘‘big one’’ that experts have long feared," 29 Dec. 2020

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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

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The first known use of massage was circa 1860

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Last Updated

10 Apr 2021

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“Massage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/massage. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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