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noun gesture pronunciation in American English /ˈdʒestʃər/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable] a movement that communicates a feeling or instruction

    a helpless/impatient/dramatic gesture

    make a gesture:

    Ellen rose from the table, and they made the gesture of rising too.

    obscene gesture:

    Maxham held up two fingers in an obscene gesture.

    1. b.
      a hand movement that you use to control something such as a smartphone or tablet

      As a touch-based platform, iOS uses gestures like swipes and taps to let you control things with intuitive ease.

  2. 2
    [countable] something that you do to communicate your intentions toward someone, especially good intentions

    Offering to drive us there was a very nice gesture.

    a symbolic gesture

    gesture of:

    a gesture of support/solidarity/goodwill

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