Definition of beckon
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
: to beckon to beckoned us over to their table
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.
Recent Examples of beckon from the Web
The present crisis beckons us to begin to change the laws and, in the case of billionaire and corporate influence in our politics, amend the Constitution to end corporate personhood.
And then the bouncer beckoned again, and my daughter entered the club, disappearing into darkness filled with noise.
With extra time beckoning, Ronaldo missed another opportunity to give Portugal the lead, heading wide of the post after a cross from the right had set him up in prime position to score, albeit in traffic.
The three shows, which run 10 months in total, play on the notion that the horizon tantalizingly beckons us forward but remains forever unattainable.
The rug merchant beckoned to us, plump and beaming, clad in a white tunic and cap.
Now that the weather is warming up, the Boundary Waters beckons those intrepid souls who dare to venture there.
During one posed moment while sprawled out on her daybed, Perry beckoned Muffin.
In the 1930s, the freedom of the open road beckoned, but for African-Americans traveling in the Jim Crow era, highways could be fraught with peril.
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BECKON Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of beckon for Students
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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