Definition of massage verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    massage

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈmæsɑːʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈsɑːʒ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they massage
    BrE BrE//ˈmæsɑːʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈsɑːʒ//
     
    he / she / it massages
    BrE BrE//ˈmæsɑːʒɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈsɑːʒɪz//
     
    past simple massaged
    BrE BrE//ˈmæsɑːʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈsɑːʒd//
     
    past participle massaged
    BrE BrE//ˈmæsɑːʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈsɑːʒd//
     
    -ing form massaging
    BrE BrE//ˈmæsɑːʒɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈsɑːʒɪŋ//
     
    Complementary medicine
     
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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 somebody’s ego (= to make somebody feel better, more confident, attractive, etc.) See related entries: Complementary medicine
  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.
  4. Word Origin late 19th cent.: from French, from masser ‘knead, treat with massage’, probably from Portuguese amassar ‘knead’, from massa ‘dough’.Extra examples Gently massage the cream into your skin. He massaged her back with scented oil. Massage it lightly with your fingertips.
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