Meaning of “gesture” in the English Dictionary

"gesture" in British English

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gesturenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdʒes.tʃər/ us /ˈdʒes.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.
Eating boiled potatoes instead of chips was his only gesture towards healthy eating.

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gestureverb [ I ]

uk /ˈdʒes.tʃər/ us /ˈdʒes.tʃɚ/

(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 tennis match.

gesture noun [ C ] (SYMBOLIC ACT)

an action that expresses your feelings or intentions, although it might have little practical effect:

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)