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massage

verb [T] uk   /ˈmæs.ɑːʒ/  us   /məˈsɑːʒ/

massage verb [T] (BODY)

to rub and press someone's body with regular repeated movements, in order to relax them or to reduce stiffness or pain in the joints (= places where two bones are connected) or muscles: Would you massage my shoulders?

massage verb [T] (FACTS/NUMBERS)

to try to make facts or numbers appear better than they really are in order to deceive someone: Television companies have been massaging their viewing figures in order to attract more advertising revenue.

massage

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈmæs.ɑːʒ/  us   /məˈsɑːʒ/
the activity of rubbing or pressing parts of someone's body in order to make them relax or to stop their muscles hurting: a back/foot/head massage a qualified massage therapist She gave me a massage.
Translations of “massage”
in Arabic تَدْليك…
in Korean 마사지…
in Malaysian mengurut…
in French masser…
in Turkish masaj…
in Italian massaggio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 按摩身體, 按摩,推拿…
in Russian массаж…
in Polish masaż…
in Vietnamese xoa bóp…
in Spanish dar masajes, masajear…
in Portuguese massagem…
in Thai นวด…
in German massieren…
in Catalan massatge…
in Japanese マッサージ…
in Indonesian mengurut…
in Chinese (Simplified) 按摩身体, 按摩,推拿…
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