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



  ( 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  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
See also:

get, geese, genre, gestalt

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
hand gesture of approval
. The art of public speaking in which gesture, vocal production, and delivery are emphasized.


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