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noun gesture pronunciation in British English /ˈdʒestʃə(r)/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a movement that communicates a feeling or instruction
    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.

  2. 2
    [countable] something that you do to communicate your intentions towards 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

  3. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    an icon which indicates a type of action you can select to share with others via the social networking site Facebook when, for example, you are reading or listening to something. It's also called a 'social gesture'.

    The social media site, Mashable, calls these kinds of "social gestures," one of the tech trends to look out for in 2012: "With 800 million people already on Facebook, its growth is bound to be slow. But if sharing becomes automatic, the volume of content on Facebook will continue to grow at an accelerated pace."

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 20/01/2012

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