- 1massage something to rub and press a person's body with the hands to reduce pain in the muscles and joints He massaged the aching muscles in her feet. (figurative) to massage someone's ego (= to make someone feel better, more confident, attractive, etc.)
- 2massage something into something to rub a substance into the skin, hair, etc. Massage the cream into your skin.
- 3massage something (disapproving) to change facts, figures, etc. in order to make them seem better than they really are The government was accused of massaging the unemployment figures.
NAmE//məˈsɑʒ//, NAmE//məˈsɑdʒ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they massage
he / she / it massages
past simple massaged
-ing form massaging