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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.

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.

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.
(Definition of gesture from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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