Definition of massage in English:


Line breaks: mas|sage
Pronunciation: /ˈmasɑːʒ
, məˈsɑːʒ
, -dʒ/


[mass noun]


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  • 1Rub and knead (a person or part of the body) with the hands: she massaged his tired muscles
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    • 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.
    rub, rub down, knead, palpate, manipulate, pummel, work
    rare embrocate
  • 1.1 (massage something in/into/on to) Rub a substance into (the skin or hair): gently massage the cream on to your face
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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.


massage someone's ego

Flatter someone: 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.



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  • 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.


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

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