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Definition of "gesticulate" [ges•tic•u•late]

  • To make gestures especially while speaking, as for emphasis. (verb-intransitive)
  • To say or express by gestures. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "gesticulate" in a sentence
  • "Sometimes they totter and gesticulate joltingly at ground level, like dolls brought to life."
  • "This, said Kierkegaard, is the situation of Christians: The more they gesticulate with their creed, the more laughable they seem to their skeptical neighbors, until the world becomes engulfed in the flames of war and mutual hatred -- a hell on earth as prelude to the hell after death."
  • "I love it when people gesticulate with their hands because in psychological terms, it is a sign of an active mind and warmth and vibrancy."