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gesture

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noun ges·ture \ˈjes-chər, ˈjesh-\

Definition of gesture

  1. 1 archaic :  carriage, bearing

  2. 2 :  a movement usually of the body or limbs that expresses or emphasizes an idea, sentiment, or attitude raised his hand overhead in a gesture of triumph

  3. 3 :  the use of motions of the limbs or body as a means of expression

  4. 4 :  something said or done by way of formality or courtesy, as a symbol or token, or for its effect on the attitudes of others a political gesture to draw popular support — V. L. Parrington

Examples of gesture in a Sentence

  1. Specific gestures can indicate particular moods.

  2. His arm was raised in a gesture of defiance.

Recent Examples of gesture from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of gesture

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin gestura mode of action, from Latin gestus, past participle of gerere


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gesture

verb ges·ture

Definition of gesture

gestured

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gesturing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to make a gesture (see 1gesture 2)

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to express or direct by a gesture (see 1gesture 2)

Examples of gesture in a Sentence

  1. She gestured towards the fireplace.

  2. He gestured at his audience.

  3. The room was filled with angry people shouting and gesturing.

  4. He gestured to his partner to leave.

Recent Examples of gesture from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of gesture

see 1gesture



GESTURE Defined for English Language Learners

gesture

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noun

Definition of gesture for English Language Learners

  • : a movement of your body (especially of your hands and arms) that shows or emphasizes an idea or a feeling

  • : something said or done to show a particular feeling or attitude

gesture

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Definition of gesture for English Language Learners

  • : to make a gesture : to move your hands, arms, etc., to express an idea or feeling


GESTURE Defined for Kids

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gesture

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noun ges·ture \ˈjes-chər\

Definition of gesture for Students

  1. 1 :  a movement of the body (as the hands and arms) that expresses an idea or a feeling … Tutok rose and made a gesture of farewell. — Scott O'Dell, Island of the Blue Dolphins

  2. 2 :  something said or done that shows a particular feeling He invited her in a gesture of friendship.


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gesture

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verb ges·ture

Definition of gesture for Students

gestured

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gesturing

  1. :  to make or direct with a gesture I gestured for her to come.



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