Simple Definition of beckon
: 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
1 : to summon or signal typically with a wave or nod
2 : to appear inviting : attract <the frontier beckons>
: to beckon to
Examples of beckon
She was beckoning them in to shore.
She beckoned the waiter to come over.
She beckoned to the waiter to come over.
From the time he was a child, the wilderness beckoned to him.
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
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