beckon

verb
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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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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But with 15 seconds left on the 40-second play clock, Salem beckoned them back at Dantonio’s behest. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Explaining how Michigan State, Mark Dantonio cracked in loss to Arizona State," 15 Sep. 2019 But now Amazon, the world’s largest internet company, was beckoning. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, "Before jobs are even posted, Amazon ‘Career Day’ draws thousands to Virginia," 17 Sep. 2019 In the Polynesian period, Molokai, close at hand and weaker than neighboring islands, beckoned powerful outsiders to conquer and exploit, often en route to larger battles elsewhere. Wade Graham, Smithsonian, "Why Molokai, With All Its Wonders, Is the Least Developed of Hawai’i’s Islands," 31 Aug. 2019 With commencements and the world of adulthood beckoning, a group of La Cañada graduates took a moment Tuesday to reflect upon their faith during a baccalaureate service at St. Bede the Venerable Roman Catholic Church. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "La Cañada graduates share testimonials, gratitude in interfaith baccalaureate service," 31 May 2018 But the famous Coma cluster — the collection of galaxies that long ago inspired astronomer Fritz Zwicky’s conjecture that such a thing as dark matter might exist — beckoned. Quanta Magazine, "Strange Dark Galaxy Puzzles Astrophysicists," 27 Sep. 2016 Just over Red Mountain, sprawling streets beckoned with cleaner air and a slower pace of life. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, "Are you a true Birmingham local? Answer these 15 questions," 9 Sep. 2019 Until it is confronted, decline and crisis will beckon. The Economist, "Blame populists, not reformers, for Argentina’s latest fiasco," 5 Sep. 2019 Jack Cooper lives alone, haunted by grief, when a ghostly woman appears to lure him to land’s end, to the beckoning waves that have broken his heart. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Mysteries, folktales, history and adventure: Fall brings heaps of new books from Minnesota authors and publishers," 3 Sep. 2019

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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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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 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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