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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)







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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/
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)
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, señalar…
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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