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beckon

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verb beck·on \ˈbe-kən\

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

beck·onedbeck·on·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to summon or signal typically with a wave or nod

  3. 2 :  to appear inviting :  attract <the frontier beckons>

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  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



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