1. A motion of the limbs or body made to express or help express thought or to emphasize speech.
2. The act of moving the limbs or body as an expression of thought or emphasis.
3. An act or a remark made as a formality or as a sign of intention or attitude: sent flowers as a gesture of sympathy.
v.ges·tured, ges·tur·ing, ges·tures
To make gestures.
To show, express, or direct by gestures.
[Middle English, from Medieval Latin gestra, bearing, from Latin gestus, past participle of gerere, to behave.]
Synonyms: gesture, gesticulation, sign, signal These nouns denote an expressive, meaningful bodily motion: a gesture of approval; frantic gesticulations to get help; made a sign for silence; gave the signal to advance.
gesture /dstr, dtr/ n.1 a body movement to show s.t. (a feeling, an idea, etc.): She made a gesture to the right with her hand to show the direction of the park.2 s.t. you do or say to show your feelings: We gave some money to the hospital as a gesture of support. v. [I] -tured, -turing, -tures to make a movement with your hand or head to show s.t.: He gestured to me to sit down.