Gesture meaning

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The definition of a gesture is an expressive movement of the body, or something that is said or done to show a feeling.

An example of a gesture is a wave.

A card for someone who is very sick is an example of a gesture.

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Gesture is defined as moving your body in a way that conveys a feeling or emotion.

To salute is an example of a gesture to show respect.

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A movement, or movements collectively, of the body, or of part of the body, to express or emphasize ideas, emotions, etc.
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(intransitive) To make a gesture or gestures.

My dad said to never gesture with my hands when I talk.

Never gesture at someone with a middle finger.

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A motion of the limbs or body, especially one made to emphasize speech.

The middle-finger gesture is really a nonverbal swear.

This Web browser can be controlled with mouse gestures.

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Anything said or done to convey a state of mind, intention, etc.; often, something said or done merely for effect or as a formality.

A gesture of sympathy.

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To make gestures.
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To express with a gesture or gestures.
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An act or a remark made as a formality or as a sign of attitude.

We took flowers as a gesture of sympathy.

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((intransitive) Make a gesture): beckon.
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An act or a remark made as a formality or as a sign of intention or attitude.

Sent flowers as a gesture of sympathy.

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To express something by a gesture or gestures.

He gestured his disgust.

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To show, express, or direct by gestures.

Gestured her disapproval.

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To make or use a gesture or gestures.
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To accompany or illustrate with gesture or action.
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Origin of gesture

  • Middle English from Medieval Latin gestūra bearing from Latin gestus past participle of gerere to carry, carry on, act

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin gestura (“a mode of action”), from Latin gerere (“to bear, reflexive bear oneself, behave, act”), past participle gestus.

    From Wiktionary