The meaning of beckon is to call over silently or with a gesture.(verb)
The definition of beckon is the gesture used to call someone over.(noun)
The wave a mother gives her child to come over to her is an example of a beckon.
See beckon in Webster's New World College Dictionary
intransitive verb, transitive verb
Origin: ME beknen < OE beacnian, becnian; akin to OS boknian, OHG bouhnen < Gmc *bauhnan < *baukna, beacon
See beckon in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb beck·oned, beck·on·ing, beck·ons verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English bekenen
Origin: , from Old English bīecnan, bēcnan; see bhā-1 in Indo-European roots.
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