beck·​on | \ ˈbe-kᵊn How to pronounce beckon (audio) \
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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Homewood Toy & Hobby For decades, the primary-colored, circus tent awning has beckoned families to Homewood Toy & Hobby. al, "A guide to holiday shopping on Homewood’s 18th Street," 16 Dec. 2019 That might give it enough time to bed down in power and cling on after those were done; though given that there is little support for its more radical policies and minority governments tend to be unstable, another election would probably beckon. The Economist, "Corbyn the dealmaker What would happen in a hung parliament?," 5 Dec. 2019 Macedonio recalled being beckoned to the dugout of a ball field at midnight by a prosecutor who warned him to tread carefully. USA Today, ""I've been dying for 25 years:" How a cop has stalled his child sex abuse trial for decades," 21 Nov. 2019 Afternoon might be an ideal time to sip, if that’s when the vending machine tends to beckon. Jessica Migala,, "Should You Be Drinking Beyonce’s Watermelon Water?," 2 Aug. 2019 Snowshoeing, hiking, sledding and even backcountry skiing on the slopes of a defunct ski area beckon visitors willing to shiver for a little adventure. John Meyer, The Know, "What to do in Rocky Mountain National Park during the winter," 13 Dec. 2019 The Norwegian artist is responsible for the ethereal siren call that appears throughout the film, beckoning Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel) to return to her home. Gab Ginsberg, Billboard, "Aurora Explains How She Became the 'Voice of the Mountains' For 'Frozen 2's 'Into the Unknown'," 6 Dec. 2019 Enter the dragon of dancers with bodies beckoning the festivities to begin. Dasun Imanuel, Essence, "Street Dance Evolves From The Subway To Centerstage In The Powerful Performance 'Maze'," 28 Aug. 2019 While the bidders tried to rally last week and beckon support from the vendor community, a bid ultimately never materialized. Lillian Rizzo, WSJ, "Bon-Ton to Liquidate Stores," 18 Apr. 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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16 Feb 2020

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“Beckon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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)


beck·​on | \ ˈbe-kən How to pronounce beckon (audio) \
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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