gesture of goodwill meaning, gesture of goodwill definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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  ( gestures    plural & 3rd person present)   ( gesturing    present participle)   ( gestured    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A gesture is a movement that you make with a part of your body, especially your hands, to express emotion or information.  
Sarah made a menacing gesture with her fist..., He throws his hands open in a gesture which clearly indicates his relief.     
2       n-count   A gesture is something that you say or do in order to express your attitude or intentions, often something that you know will not have much effect.  
oft N of n  
He questioned the government's commitment to peace and called on it to make a gesture of good will...     
3       verb   If you gesture, you use movements of your hands or head in order to tell someone something or draw their attention to something.  
I gestured towards the boathouse, and he looked inside...      V prep  
He gestures, gesticulates, and moves with the grace of a dancer.      V  
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get, geese, genre, gestalt

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hand gesture of approval
1. the art of public speaking in which gesture, vocal production, and delivery are emphasized 2.the study of formal speaking in pronunciation, grammar, style, and tone.
make an obscene and offensive gesture at someone by closing one's fist and extending one's middle finger upwards, interpreted as"Sod off!"; [US] flip (sb) off / flip (sb) the bird
Ex.: he has an unfortunate tendency and somewhat dangerous habit of giving the finger to motorists who cut in front of him.
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