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Definition of massage verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//məˈsɑdʒ//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they massage
    he / she / it massages
    past simple massaged
    -ing form massaging
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  1. 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.)
  2. 2massage something into something to rub a substance into the skin, hair, etc. Massage the cream into your skin.
  3. 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.
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