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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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