Definition of massage in English:

massage

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

noun

[mass noun]
The rubbing and kneading of muscles and joints of the body with the hands, especially to relieve tension or pain: massage can ease tiredness [count noun]: a massage will help loosen you up
More example sentences
  • This plant will keep insects away when used in oil burners and in massage will relieve muscle tension.
  • You could learn massage to ease pain, for example, and support your partner in the different positions she may want to use during labour.
  • I'm not sure that massage would actually relieve the pain, but it would certainly make me feel better!
Synonyms
rub-down, rubbing, rub, kneading, palpation, manipulation, pummelling

verb

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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.
Synonyms
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.
2Manipulate (facts or figures) to give a more acceptable result: the accounts had been massaged 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

Origin

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

Phrases

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.

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.

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