Definition of gesticulate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

gesticulate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dʒeˈstɪkjuleɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dʒeˈstɪkjuleɪt//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gesticulate
BrE BrE//dʒeˈstɪkjuleɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dʒeˈstɪkjuleɪt//
 
he / she / it gesticulates
BrE BrE//dʒeˈstɪkjuleɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dʒeˈstɪkjuleɪts//
 
past simple gesticulated
BrE BrE//dʒeˈstɪkjuleɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dʒeˈstɪkjuleɪtɪd//
 
past participle gesticulated
BrE BrE//dʒeˈstɪkjuleɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dʒeˈstɪkjuleɪtɪd//
 
-ing form gesticulating
BrE BrE//dʒeˈstɪkjuleɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dʒeˈstɪkjuleɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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to move your hands and arms about in order to attract attention or make somebody understand what you are saying He gesticulated wildly at the clock. She was shouting and gesticulating from the other side of the road. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin gesticulat- ‘gesticulated’, from the verb gesticulari, from gesticulus, diminutive of gestus ‘action’.Extra examples She was gesticulating to me with her hands. The officer gesticulated towards the refugees. The other woman was gesticulating at the ambulance. Both men were shouting and gesticulating. He was gesticulating to his players from the sidelines. She gesticulated wildly at the clock.
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