Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb knead

2 senses of knead

Sense 1
knead, work -- (make uniform; "knead dough"; "work the clay until it is soft")
       => manipulate -- (hold something in one's hands and move it)

Sense 2
massage, rub down, knead -- (manually manipulate (someone's body), usually for medicinal or relaxation purposes; "She rubbed down her child with a sponge")
       => manipulate -- (hold something in one's hands and move it)

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