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


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

Other Words from massage


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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To prevent that, Pugh goes through two rounds of stretching exercises every day, gets regular massage therapy, undergoes acupuncture treatment, and has even started hot yoga classes. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 15 June 2022 In the lawsuits, Watson is generally accused of exposing himself to these women during massage sessions, causing his genitals to touch them and in some cases coercing them and ejaculating on them. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, 10 June 2022 The lawsuit filed Tuesday states that the plaintiff had three encounters with Watson during massage sessions, which started during the summer of 2020. David Aaro, Fox News, 1 June 2022 Ohtani experienced back stiffness in the first inning and required massage therapy after the third. Steve Hensonassistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2022 After working in a factory, Schultz, of Germantown, learned how massage therapy can help alleviate migraines as well as many other health benefits. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 May 2022 Acupressure is an ancient form of massage therapy used in traditional Chinese medicine that relies on stimulating your acupoints or acupuncture points. Noma Nazish, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 The 22 women, all of whom work in the health and wellness industry, charge that Watson exposed himself during massage sessions last year and directed them to touch inappropriate areas of his body. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 7 Apr. 2021 The women, Ashley Solis and Lauren Baxley, said the superstar QB touched them inappropriately during massage sessions, traumatizing them. NBC News, 6 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Just be sure to massage your scalp, with your finger tips not your nails, for at least a minute before rinsing. Andrea Jordan, Good Housekeeping, 17 June 2022 Apply it directly to your dry skin, and massage it onto your face using large circular motions. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 Apply it all over the face and gently massage it with the rose quartz gua sha to de-puff and plump up tired skin, release the buildup of tension and tightness and improve circulation. Noma Nazish, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Apply a pea-sized amount of product under your eyes and gently massage for two to three minutes for optimal results. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 May 2022 Economic impact studies are famously easy to massage in order to tell a story. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Feb. 2022 For best results apply to damp or wet skin, and massage in circles. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 Not everyone has someone to massage their feet or the time to get one done professionally. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 6 May 2022 Take a moment to massage your eye area with the metal rollerball in the morning, after taking it out of the chiller. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of massage


circa 1860, in the meaning defined above


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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20 Jun 2022

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“Massage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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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


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


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


transitive verb
massaged; massaging

Medical Definition of massage (Entry 2 of 2)

: to treat by means of massage

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