Definition of beckon in English:

beckon

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Make a gesture with the hand, arm, or head to encourage or instruct someone to approach or follow.

    ‘Miranda beckoned to Adam’
    • ‘Susan beckoned to me to walk with her down the hall.’
    • ‘And after catching the vicar's eye once again, he relented and beckoned to him to come over and join them, which he did with alacrity.’
    • ‘He beckoned to me to follow him out onto the dance floor, so I did as told.’
    • ‘‘Come here,’ Gillian beckoned to him and pointed to the silver shinny button on the top of the camera.’
    • ‘Ugly as its surroundings may be, for more than 60 years the bright orange ball has successfully beckoned to the thirsty and the hungry.’
    • ‘The man beckoned to Gaden to come hither; Gaden apprehensively approached the merchant.’
    • ‘She beckoned to her friend with a nod of the head.’
    • ‘I beckoned to the girls, and they followed me upstairs and into my room.’
    • ‘He beckoned to the ones he had called, and we followed him to the upstairs.’
    • ‘I snapped, but all the same beckoned to her to follow me.’
    • ‘The woman opened a window silently and beckoned to the young man to climb through the opening.’
    • ‘I watched them until they reached the curb, all the way down the sidewalk, and then Chaz beckoned to his brother with his arm and took off again at an angle.’
    • ‘Keenan lifted his hand and beckoned to her, and slowly, she approached him.’
    • ‘As I was taking this, a man beckoned to me from around the corner.’
    • ‘In a fluid, snapping motion, Derryn shifted his feet apart and beckoned to the soldier with an outstretched palm.’
    • ‘‘I hope you will excuse me,’ he said, and beckoned to the soldier to follow him.’
    • ‘The little Yoshunta beckoned to her, and she followed.’
    • ‘A policeman beckoned to Sykes and instructed him to follow him.’
    • ‘Reading the look on her husband's face, Marie scooped up a very dirty Little Joe and beckoned to Hoss to follow her upstairs.’
    • ‘Jose moved further into the cave-like room and beckoned to a young woman who followed him in.’
    gesture, signal, wave, gesticulate, make a gesture, motion, nod, call
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    1. 1.1[with object and adverbial of direction]Summon (someone) by beckoning to them.
      ‘he beckoned Cameron over’
      [with object and infinitive] ‘he beckoned Duncan to follow’
      • ‘A person beckoning someone else extends an arm with the palm turned down and brings the fingers toward the wrist.’
      • ‘Each time he beckons the attendant to hand the call to him.’
      • ‘As if in answer to his question, Dr. Jewels stretched out his arm beckoning Johnny forward.’
      • ‘A second piece is a travel primer, Easily assembled at home, and for use by those who have never traveled to lands beyond, which beckons us to step beyond our safe boundaries.’
      • ‘Then the local man unloads the ropes and headlamps and beckons Chris forward.’
      • ‘The branches of the nearest trees practically touch our home, ever beckoning us into the hundred acre wood.’
      • ‘In the finest tradition of Irish storytellers he beckons the audience to walk with him.’
      • ‘Upon entering, a charming flapper greets you and beckons you to see the 1920's show.’
      • ‘They beckon people to them from the whole planet, witnesses of our common history, in many ways still mysterious and incomprehensible.’
      • ‘We're in the queue at the supermarket, one of those queues where everybody stands in a line and when the cashier beckons you over when they're free.’
      • ‘A larger man notices me from across the center, and beckons me to advance.’
      • ‘The young man beckons us into his tiny shop and spreads out some diaphanous silks for our inspection.’
      • ‘Gulnara, his wife, beckons us into their kitchen with a bottle of honey whisky made by her in-laws in Bashkortostan.’
      • ‘But Topsy smacks the dogs off the bed frame, shakes the filthy blankets and beckons me to sit and wait.’
      • ‘They were pointing at me, beckoning me to join them on stage.’
      • ‘A young girl beckons him inside, and Gabriel soon realises he is to be paid in kind.’
      • ‘Further down the country road, an impressive gateway beckons the visitor up a long, winding driveway, leading to a rambling old building with turrets and a large, broken clockface.’
      • ‘Some of Fitzroy's residents still claim to remember when they could hear the whistles of factories beckoning workers to their production lines and workshops.’
      • ‘I popped the three fruits on a wall and beckoned people over to identify which was which, with varying degrees of success.’
      • ‘Romantic and sexy, Paris beckons people from all over the world to bask in its splendor.’
    2. 1.2Appear attractive or inviting.
      ‘the going is tough and soft options beckon’
      • ‘Too often they turned over ball, and too often they took wrong options when chances beckoned.’
      • ‘Wherever they occur on earth, high places and remote places beckon and enchant us.’
      • ‘In the warm sunshine ancient courtyards beckon, inviting exploration.’
      • ‘A multiplicity of interesting directions beckon, tempting you to take on too much by rushing into something new before finishing the last thing you started.’
      • ‘Such statistics suggest a date in Tampa in January beckons, with the NFL West title already appearing to be a mere formality.’
      • ‘A life in politics appeared to beckon, but all that changed as Verges watched France's brutal attempts to quell the Algerian uprising against its colonial master in the late 1950s.’
      • ‘Then, I felt the ocean beckoning, pulling on the stone, as if the salt water on the surface of the stone was being called home.’
      • ‘I would elaborate further but college beckons, so bring it on!’
      • ‘He took up swimming and diving, and joined a marching band, but the lure of the stage beckoned.’
      • ‘A particularly soft blanket of green seemed to beckon, and she settled herself amid the springy blades.’
      • ‘It is nothing but a situation that beckons and lures from distance but when it is attained and becomes a reality, that reality has it's own troubles and problems to overcome.’
      • ‘The Statue of Liberty beckons ever more invitingly to the huddled masses of over-taxed, over-regulated British wealth creators.’
      • ‘The Broken Claw river flowing through the town beckoned invitingly, but there were formalities to go through first; time for bathing later.’
      • ‘The golf courses of Mayo and Galway beckon invitingly but he reckons he might tire of the golf after a few months.’
      • ‘Salford appeared on the up but the Northern Ford Premiership beckons if yesterday is anything to go by.’
      • ‘Her voice was soft and melodious, hypnotizing and somehow beckoning.’
      • ‘As the new cyberfrontier beckons, America's prospects appear bright.’

Origin

Old English bīecnan, bēcnan, of West Germanic origin; related to beacon.

Pronunciation:

beckon

/ˈbɛk(ə)n/