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gesturenoun [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 ​prisonerraised his ​fist in a gesture ofdefiance 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 ​expressesyourfeelings or ​intentions, ​although it might have little ​practicaleffect: The ​governmentdonated £500,000 as a gesture ofgoodwill. Eating ​boiledpotatoesinstead of ​chips was his only gesture towards ​healthyeating.

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gestureverb [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 tofollow.
(Definition of gesture from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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gesturenoun [C]

 us   /ˈdʒes·tʃər/
  • gesture noun [C] (MOVEMENT)

a ​movement of the ​body, ​hands, ​arms, or ​head to ​express an ​idea or ​feeling: He made a ​rude gesture to the ​crowd after his ​tennismatch.
  • gesture noun [C] (SYMBOLIC ACT)

an ​action that ​expressesyourfeelings or ​intentions, ​although it might have little ​practicaleffect: Her ​warm thank-you ​note was a ​nice gesture.
gesture
verb [I]  us   /ˈdʒes·tʃər/
When I ​asked where the ​children were, she gestured toward the ​beach.
(Definition of gesture from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “gesture”
in Korean 몸짓, 표현…
in Arabic إيماء, إشارة…
in Malaysian gerak isyarat…
in French geste…
in Russian жест, поступок…
in Chinese (Traditional) 動作, 手勢, 姿勢…
in Italian gesto…
in Turkish el, kol ve baş hareketi, jestler…
in Polish gest…
in Spanish gesto…
in Vietnamese cử chỉ…
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 Chinese (Simplified) 动作, 手势, 姿势…
in Indonesian bahasa tubuh, gerak-gerik…
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