• (GA) IPA: /məˈsɑʒ/, /məˈsɑd͡ʒ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈmæsɑːʒ/


  1. The action of rubbing, kneading or hitting someone's body, to help the person relax, prepare for muscular action (as in contact sports) or to relieve aches.
    Having a massage can have many beneficial effects.
    • 2014, Gary Vitacco-Robles, Icon: The Life, Times and Films of Marilyn Monroe Volume 2 1956-1962 AND Beyond
      During the long lapses in work common with on-location productions, Marilyn would silently meditate as Roberts provided a shoulder massage.
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massage (massages, present participle massaging; past and past participle massaged)

  1. (transitive) To rub and knead (someone's body or a part of a body), to perform a massage on (somebody).
    • 2010, January 11, Julian Kaye, "Massage Therapy"
      So after massaging a nude woman while being nude or nearly nude myself, sex is a natural way to end things.
  2. (transitive) To manipulate (data, a document etc.) to make it more presentable or more convenient to work with.
    • 2002, Colin Jones (historian), The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 118:
      News relating to public disturbances was systematically massaged [...].
    • 2008, Patrick Wintour & Steven Morris, The Guardian, May 22 2008, p. 3:
      The Conservatives have massaged expectations down by saying they would be delighted with a majority of 1,000 [...]
  3. (transitive) To falsify (data or accounts).
  • French: masser
  • German: massieren
  • Portuguese: massagear
  • Russian: масси́ровать
  • Spanish: masajear

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