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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


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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