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English noun: gesture

1. gesture (act) motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling


Broader (hypernym)motility, motion, move, movement


Narrower (hyponym)jab, jabbing, mudra, poke, poking, thrust, thrusting

2. gesture (communication) the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals


Synonymsmotion


Broader (hypernym)visual communication


Narrower (hyponym)beck, bow, bowing, curtsey, curtsy, facial expression, facial gesture, flourish, gesticulation, high-five, nod, obeisance, previous question, shrug, sign, sign of the cross, V sign, wafture, wave, waving

3. gesture (act) something done as an indication of intention


SamplesA political gesture.
A gesture of defiance.


Broader (hypernym)indicant, indication


Narrower (hyponym)beau geste


English verb: gesture

1. gesture (communication) show, express or direct through movement


SamplesHe gestured his desire to leave.


Synonymsgesticulate, motion


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s to somebody


Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate


Narrower (hyponym)acclaim, applaud, beckon, bless, bow, bow down, clap, clap, cross oneself, exsert, extend, hold out, nod, put out, shake, shrug, sign, spat, spat, stretch forth, stretch out, wave, wink









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