beckon

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verb beck·on \ˈbe-kən\

Definition of beckon

beckoned

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beckoning

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 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

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

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to beckon to beckoned us over to their table

beckon

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Examples of beckon in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of beckon

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


BECKON Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of beckon for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

beckon

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verb beck·on \ˈbe-kən\

Definition of beckon for Students

beckoned

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beckoning

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

  2. 2 :  to appear inviting New adventures were beckoning.



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