massage

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Etymology[edit]

From French massage (noun), from masser (to massage) (borrowed around the end of the 18th century from Arabic مَسَّ (massa, feel, touch)) + -age. Cognate to massieren.

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massage (countable and uncountable, plural massages)

  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.

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massage (third-person singular simple present massages, present participle massaging, simple 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).
  2. (transitive) To manipulate (data, a document etc.) to make it more presentable or more convenient to work with.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, 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).

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /mɑˈsaːʒə/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: mas‧sa‧ge

Etymology[edit]

From French massage.

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massage f (plural massages, diminutive massagetje n)

  1. physical massage

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

masser +‎ -age

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massage m (plural massages)

  1. physical massage

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Swedish[edit]

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From French massage.

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massage c

  1. massage

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Declension of massage 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative massage massagen massager massagerna
Genitive massages massagens massagers massagernas

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