Beckon meaning

bĕkən
The definition of beckon is the gesture used to call someone over.

The wave a mother gives her child to come over to her is an example of a beckon.

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To signal or summon, as by nodding or waving.
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The meaning of beckon is to call over silently or with a gesture.

An example of beckon is the ocean calling to a surfer.

Motioning with a nod for a friend to join you is an example of to beckon.

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To make a signaling or summoning gesture.
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To call or summon by a silent gesture.
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(intransitive) To wave and/or to nod to somebody with the intention to make the person come closer.
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A sign made without words; a beck.
noun
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To attract because of an inviting or enticing appearance.
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To be inviting or enticing.
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A gesture of summons.
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To seem enticing (to); attract; lure.

The woods beckon.

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A summoning gesture.
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Origin of beckon

  • Middle English bekenen from Old English bīecnan, bēcnan bhā-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition