[ muh-sahzh, -sahj or, especially British, mas-ahzh ]
/ məˈsɑʒ, -ˈsɑdʒ or, especially British, ˈmæs ɑʒ /
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the act or art of treating the body by rubbing, kneading, patting, or the like, to stimulate circulation, increase suppleness, relieve tension, etc.
Slang. attentive or indulgent treatment; pampering: ego massage.
verb (used with object), mas·saged, mas·sag·ing.
to treat by massage.
Slang. to treat with special care and attention; coddle or pamper: The store massages its regular customers with gifts and private sales.
- to manipulate, maneuver, or handle skillfully: to massage a bill through the Senate.
- to manipulate, organize, or rearrange (data, figures, or the like) to produce a specific result, especially a favorable one: The auditors discovered that the company had massaged the books.
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Origin of massage
1875–80; <French, equivalent to mass(er) to massage (<Arabic massa to handle) + -age-age
OTHER WORDS FROM massagemas·sag·er, mas·sag·ist, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH massagemassage , message
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How to use massage in a sentence
The fluttering notes of the title track translate into 12 minutes on the massage table at God’s day spa.Maybe go stare at a tree and listen to Anna von Hausswolff play the pipe organ|Chris Richards|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
Not only is this a recliner chair, it allows for 360 degree swivel rotation, becomes a 30 degree rocking chair, and has vibration massage function with heat.The best reclining chairs for your living room|PopSci Commerce Team|November 2, 2020|Popular-Science
I transfer the crumbs to a bowl to cool, add freshly grated Parmesan cheese and massage with my hands.Homemade, seasoned breadcrumbs add crunch and flavor to pastas, vegetables and more|Jesse Szewczyk|October 30, 2020|Washington Post
Several of Epstein’s accusers have said they were recruited by Maxwell while they were underage to give Epstein sexual massages.Ghislaine Maxwell deposition portrays her as combative, loyal defender of sex offender Epstein|Rosalind Helderman, Shayna Jacobs, Beth Reinhard, Devlin Barrett|October 22, 2020|Washington Post
A massage gun can sometimes feel like an intimidating way to attack sore muscles but they work wonders on the toughest spots.These massagers make excellent gifts|PopSci Commerce Team|October 1, 2020|Popular-Science
I hear the massagist slapping a lazy fellow who is being rubbed with ointment.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae|Jennie Hall
British Dictionary definitions for massage
/ (ˈmæsɑːʒ, -sɑːdʒ) /
the act of kneading, rubbing, etc, parts of the body to promote circulation, suppleness, or relaxation
to give a massage to
to treat (stiffness, aches, etc) by a massage
to manipulate (statistics, data, etc) so that they appear to support a particular interpretation or to be better than they are; doctor
massage someone's ego to boost someone's sense of self-esteem by flattery
Derived forms of massagemassager or massagist, noun
Word Origin for massage
C19: from French, from masser to rub; see mass
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