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gesture

noun [C] uk   /ˈdʒes.tʃər/  us   /-tʃɚ/

gesture noun [C] (MOVEMENT)

C1 a movement of the hands, arms, or head, etc. to express an idea or feeling: The prisoner raised his fist in a gesture of defiance as he was led out of the courtroom. She made a rude gesture at the other driver.
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gesture noun [C] (SYMBOLIC ACT)

C1 an action that expresses your feelings or intentions, although it might have little practical effect: The government donated £500,000 as a gesture of goodwill. Not having butter on his potatoes was his only gesture towards healthy eating.
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gesture

verb [I] uk   /ˈdʒes.tʃər/  us   /-tʃɚ/
C2 to use a gesture to express or emphasize something: When he asked where the children were, she gestured vaguely in the direction of the beach. He made no answer but walked on, gesturing for me to follow.
Translations of “gesture”
in Arabic إيماء, إشارة…
in Korean 몸짓, 표현…
in Malaysian gerak isyarat…
in French geste…
in Turkish el, kol ve baş hareketi, jestler…
in Italian gesto…
in Chinese (Traditional) 動作, 手勢, 姿勢…
in Russian жест, поступок…
in Polish gest…
in Vietnamese cử chỉ…
in Spanish gesto…
in Portuguese gesto…
in Thai การแสดงท่าทาง…
in German die Gebärde…
in Catalan gest…
in Japanese 身ぶり手ぶり, ジェスチャー, 意思表示…
in Indonesian bahasa tubuh, gerak-gerik…
in Chinese (Simplified) 动作, 手势, 姿势…
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