Definition of massage in English:

massage

Syllabification: mas·sage
Pronunciation: /məˈsäZH, -ˈsäj
 
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noun

verb

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  • 1Rub and knead (a person or part of the body) with the hands.
    More example sentences
    • You step into the specially designed bath and hundreds of revolving jets or water from nozzles massages the entire body from the feet to the neck.
    • No oils or lotions are used and the session usually lasts about 20 minutes as only the upper body is massaged.
    • Spend at least 5-10 minutes massaging the entire body and then relax for 5 minutes.
    Synonyms
    rub, knead, palpate, manipulate, pummel, work
  • 1.1 (massage something in/into/onto) Rub a substance into (the skin or hair).
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    • Spitting a bit into his palm, he grabbed gently at his hair massaging the gel-like substance into his sensitive scalp.
    • She kept the grey hair covered, massaged age-defying moisturizers into her skin, and met with her personal fitness trainer twice a week.
    • They began to massage scented oils into his skin while another worked on cutting all his hair.
  • 1.2Flatter (someone’s ego): I chose a man who massaged my bruised ego
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    • But his logic dissolves any sense that he is just massaging his ego.
    • If that massages your ego, think on this: on average, fifty percent of those other versions of you will be better than you.
    • The weights are there to help you sculpt your body, not to massage your ego.
  • 2Manipulate (figures) to give a more acceptable result: the accounts had been massaged and adjusted to suit the government
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    • Jones, who massaged facts and refused to face questions, dodged responsibility to the last.
    • In order to massage the statistics the definition of extremist criminal offences was changed.
    • I mean, how many people know that examinations have never been an exact science, and that results have always been massaged and fiddled to fit?
    Synonyms
    alter, tamper with, manipulate, doctor, falsify, juggle, fiddle with, tinker with, distort, change, rig, interfere with, misrepresent
    informal fix, cook, fiddle

Derivatives

massager

noun
More example sentences
  • I guess you've tried painkillers, foot massagers and so on.
  • These massagers are hard plastic squares with indents at each corner, into which you insert your fingers.
  • The massager, especially when set on high, hits all the right spots, just on the bottom of the arch and that sore spot beneath the toes.

Origin

late 19th century: from French, from masser 'knead, treat with massage', probably from Portuguese amassar 'knead', from massa 'dough'.

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