Translation of gesture in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /ˈdʒestʃər; ˈdʒestʃə(r)/


  • 1.1 (of body) gesto (masculine), ademán (masculine) a rude gesture un gesto grosero to make a gesture of annoyance/impatience hacer* un gesto de irritación/de impaciencia
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    • It has to do with attitude or spirit, which is reflected in speech patterns and facial expressions, hand gestures and overall body movement.
    • So what do their expressions, hand gestures, body movements and speech say about what they're really thinking and feeling?
    • Those quick hand gestures and body movements betray a restless energy and a need for variety and originality.
    1.2 (token, expression) gesto (masculine) a gesture of defiance un gesto desafiante an empty/symbolic gesture un gesto vacío/simbólico the card arrived late, but it was a nice gesture la tarjeta llegó tarde, pero fue todo un detalle (before noun/delante del nombre) gesture politics política (feminine) gestual or del gesto
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    • She remembers other gestures of goodwill, including an Italian who took it upon himself to cook lunch for the farmer and his family while they were at church.
    • Sometimes, youngsters convey through their simple gestures what many adults can never express in a thousand words.
    • In a gesture of goodwill, a 24-hour internet cafe and a finance company in Edinburgh have offered US citizens free internet access to contact their loved ones.
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    • There was no indication that these paltry and tardy gestures have had any effect in dampening the mass protest movement.
    • A Department of Justice spokesperson rejected suggestions the move was a political gesture which would prove unrealistic when challenged.
    • He denied the move was a political gesture.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • hacer* gestos she gestured in my direction me hizo señas I gestured to them to be quiet les hice señas para que se callaran

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.