beckon

verb
beck·​on | \ˈbe-kᵊn \
beckoned; beckoning

Definition of beckon 

intransitive verb

1 : to summon or signal typically with a wave or nod My master beckons. He … beckoned to the other generals to come and stand where he stood.— H. E. Scudder

2 : to appear inviting : attract the frontier beckons

transitive verb

: to beckon to beckoned us over to their table

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Other Words from beckon

beckon noun

Synonyms for beckon

Synonyms

flag, gesture, motion, signal, wave

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Examples of beckon in a Sentence

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.
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Barkley mumbled something entirely incoherent, which the President took as a no, and beckoned for Barkley to come walk with him. Beck Dorey-stein, Philly.com, "Charles Barkley was star-struck before interviewing president Obama. A stenographer from Narberth calmed him down," 2 July 2018 Still, the window displays beckoned with their eclectic mix of antiques. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "The Untold Story Behind Paris’s Most Charming Boutique," 21 June 2018 Somehow beckoned by the void, billions of outward-rushing galaxies also feel the collective gravitational pull of everything in the rearview mirror trying to tug them back. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Cosmic Conflict: Diverging Data on Universe’s Expansion Polarizes Scientists," 16 May 2018 The doors at Mardi Gras World were propped open Tuesday (May 8), and a flashing signed beckoned visitors to parking. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Mardi Gras World closed for business as engineers assess damage," 8 May 2018 Croatia squeaked past Denmark in the Round of 16, advancing on penalties after full time beckoned and found the contest knotted 1-apiece. Owen Pence, BostonGlobe.com, "The World Cup is getting hot. If you haven’t been watching, this will catch you up," 6 July 2018 No major museum or local gallery is likely to beckon. Kirk Johnson, New York Times, "He Couldn’t Refuse a Deathbed Plea. Now He’s Got 10,000 Pieces of Art.," 24 June 2018 Fortunate is the soul able to beckon a Lyft and end up a few minutes later in musician and producer Lanois' living room studio with the artist himself. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "California Sounds: Daniel Lanois meets Venetian Snares, Jennifer Warnes returns after 17 years and a Gene Clark acetate resurfaces," 25 May 2018 Gardeners often plant specific flower varieties to beckon wildlife to their gardens. Kendra Parks, NOLA.com, "Master gardeners celebrate the tricentennial and bring native plants back to New Orleans," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of beckon

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for beckon

Middle English beknen, from Old English bīecnan, from bēacen sign — more at beacon

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The first known use of beckon was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for beckon

beckon

verb

English Language Learners 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)

beckon

verb
beck·​on | \ˈbe-kən \
beckoned; beckoning

Kids Definition of beckon

1 : to call or signal by a motion (as a wave or nod) They beckoned to us to come over.

2 : to appear inviting New adventures were beckoning.

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