Synonyms of gesture

(Entry 1 of 2)

to direct or notify by a movement or gesture
  • the police officer gestured me to the side of the road to tell me my headlight was out

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Synonyms of gesture (Entry 2 of 2)

1 a movement of the body or limbs that expresses or emphasizes an idea or feeling
  • a teenager who often shrugs her shoulders in a gesture of indifference

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2 an act or utterance that is a customary show of good manners
  • sent a handwritten thank-you note as a gesture of his gratitude

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The first known use of gesture was in the 15th century

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“Gesture.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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