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ges·ture

gesture

 
 
pronunciation:
jes chr
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb
grammatical pattern:
verb + smby + inf
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a movement of one's body, limbs, or face that expresses emotion or feeling or reinforces speech.
When he gets excited, he gestures a great deal with his hands.Sticking out your tongue at someone is a rude, if somewhat comical, gesture.
 
synonyms:
motion, sign, signal
similar words:
body language, gesticulation, indication, pantomime
definition 2: any action intended for its effect or value as nonverbal communication.
His bringing flowers was a thoughtful gesture.
synonyms:
sign
similar words:
demonstration, display, expression, flourish, indication, show, token
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: gestures, gesturing, gestured
definition: to make a gesture or gestures.
He gestured wildly at me from across the street.
synonyms:
motion, sign, signal
similar words:
beckon, gesticulate
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to make a gesture or gestures to (someone) in order to communicate some intention.
His elderly aunt gestured him to sit by her.[verb + smby + inf ]
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  body, communication, face, language, theater