verb beck·on \ˈbe-kən\

: to signal (someone) with your arm or hand in order to tell that person to come closer or follow

: to appear attractive or inviting

: to attract (someone or something)


Full Definition of BECKON

intransitive verb
:  to summon or signal typically with a wave or nod
:  to appear inviting :  attract <the frontier beckons>
transitive verb
:  to beckon to
beckon noun

Examples of BECKON

  1. She was beckoning them in to shore.
  2. She beckoned the waiter to come over.
  3. She beckoned to the waiter to come over.
  4. From the time he was a child, the wilderness beckoned to him.
  5. The nature preserve beckons bird-watchers, who visit from around the world.

Origin of BECKON

Middle English beknen, from Old English bīecnan, from bēacen sign — more at beacon
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with BECKON

BECKON Defined for Kids


verb beck·on \ˈbe-kən\

Definition of BECKON for Kids

:  to call or signal by a motion (as a wave or nod) <They beckoned to us to come over.>
:  to appear inviting <New adventures were beckoning.>


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