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

 

gesture

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈdʒestʃə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒestʃər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gesture
BrE BrE//ˈdʒestʃə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒestʃər//
 
he / she / it gestures
BrE BrE//ˈdʒestʃəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒestʃərz//
 
past simple gestured
BrE BrE//ˈdʒestʃəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒestʃərd//
 
past participle gestured
BrE BrE//ˈdʒestʃəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒestʃərd//
 
-ing form gesturing
BrE BrE//ˈdʒestʃərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒestʃərɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] to move your hands, head, face, etc. as a way of expressing what you mean or want (+ adv./prep.) ‘I see you read a lot,’ he said, gesturing at the wall of books. gesture to somebody (to do something) He gestured to the guards and they withdrew. gesture for somebody to do something She gestured for them to come in. gesture (to somebody) (that)… He gestured (to me) that it was time to go. They gestured that I should follow. Word Origin late Middle English: from medieval Latin gestura, from Latin gerere ‘bear, wield, perform’. The original sense was ‘bearing, deportment’, hence ‘the use of posture and bodily movements for effect when speaking’.Extra examples Davis gestured to the waiter. He gestured abruptly for Virginia to get in the car. He gestured around the room, lost for words. He gestured vaguely towards the house. She gestured at him to step back. gesturing wildly with her hands ‘I see you read a lot,’ he said, gesturing towards the wall of books. Anne gestured at the rain that was falling outside. He gestured to me that it was time to go. He gestured vaguely in the boy’s direction. She gestured for them to follow her. They gestured that I should leave the room. Tim addressed the old man, gesturing.
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