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v. ges·tic·u·lat·ed, ges·tic·u·lat·ing, ges·tic·u·lates
To make gestures especially while speaking, as for emphasis.
To say or express by gestures.

[Latin gesticulārī, gesticulāt-, from gesticulus, gesticulation, diminutive of gestus, gesture, bearing; see gesture.]

ges·tic′u·la′tive adj.
ges·tic′u·la′tor n.
ges·tic′u·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.
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