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.
Origin and Etymology of beckon
Middle English beknen, from Old English bīecnan, from bēacen sign — more at beacon
First Known Use: before 12th century
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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