Definition of beckon in English:

beckon

verb

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

    ‘Miranda beckoned to Adam’
    • ‘In a fluid, snapping motion, Derryn shifted his feet apart and beckoned to the soldier with an outstretched palm.’
    • ‘As I was taking this, a man beckoned to me from around the corner.’
    • ‘I beckoned to the girls, and they followed me upstairs and into my room.’
    • ‘‘Come here,’ Gillian beckoned to him and pointed to the silver shinny button on the top of the camera.’
    • ‘Keenan lifted his hand and beckoned to her, and slowly, she approached him.’
    • ‘The woman opened a window silently and beckoned to the young man to climb through the opening.’
    • ‘Reading the look on her husband's face, Marie scooped up a very dirty Little Joe and beckoned to Hoss to follow her upstairs.’
    • ‘The man beckoned to Gaden to come hither; Gaden apprehensively approached the merchant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A policeman beckoned to Sykes and instructed him to follow him.’
    • ‘He beckoned to the ones he had called, and we followed him to the upstairs.’
    • ‘Susan beckoned to me to walk with her down the hall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I snapped, but all the same beckoned to her to follow me.’
    • ‘Jose moved further into the cave-like room and beckoned to a young woman who followed him in.’
    • ‘She beckoned to her friend with a nod of the head.’
    • ‘‘I hope you will excuse me,’ he said, and beckoned to the soldier to follow him.’
    • ‘Ugly as its surroundings may be, for more than 60 years the bright orange ball has successfully beckoned to the thirsty and the hungry.’
    • ‘He beckoned to me to follow him out onto the dance floor, so I did as told.’
    • ‘The little Yoshunta beckoned to her, and she followed.’
    gesture, signal, wave, gesticulate, make a gesture, motion, nod, call
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    1. 1.1with object and adverbial of direction Summon (someone) by beckoning to them.
      ‘he beckoned Cameron over’
      with object and infinitive ‘he beckoned Duncan to follow’
      • ‘In the finest tradition of Irish storytellers he beckons the audience to walk with him.’
      • ‘A larger man notices me from across the center, and beckons me to advance.’
      • ‘Romantic and sexy, Paris beckons people from all over the world to bask in its splendor.’
      • ‘A young girl beckons him inside, and Gabriel soon realises he is to be paid in kind.’
      • ‘A person beckoning someone else extends an arm with the palm turned down and brings the fingers toward the wrist.’
      • ‘They beckon people to them from the whole planet, witnesses of our common history, in many ways still mysterious and incomprehensible.’
      • ‘Each time he beckons the attendant to hand the call to him.’
      • ‘Gulnara, his wife, beckons us into their kitchen with a bottle of honey whisky made by her in-laws in Bashkortostan.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But Topsy smacks the dogs off the bed frame, shakes the filthy blankets and beckons me to sit and wait.’
      • ‘Upon entering, a charming flapper greets you and beckons you to see the 1920's show.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The branches of the nearest trees practically touch our home, ever beckoning us into the hundred acre wood.’
      • ‘I popped the three fruits on a wall and beckoned people over to identify which was which, with varying degrees of success.’
      • ‘They were pointing at me, beckoning me to join them on stage.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then the local man unloads the ropes and headlamps and beckons Chris forward.’
      • ‘As if in answer to his question, Dr. Jewels stretched out his arm beckoning Johnny forward.’
      • ‘The young man beckons us into his tiny shop and spreads out some diaphanous silks for our inspection.’
    2. 1.2 Appear attractive or inviting.
      ‘the going is tough and soft options beckon’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Broken Claw river flowing through the town beckoned invitingly, but there were formalities to go through first; time for bathing later.’
      • ‘He took up swimming and diving, and joined a marching band, but the lure of the stage beckoned.’
      • ‘The golf courses of Mayo and Galway beckon invitingly but he reckons he might tire of the golf after a few months.’
      • ‘The Statue of Liberty beckons ever more invitingly to the huddled masses of over-taxed, over-regulated British wealth creators.’
      • ‘I would elaborate further but college beckons, so bring it on!’
      • ‘As the new cyberfrontier beckons, America's prospects appear bright.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Salford appeared on the up but the Northern Ford Premiership beckons if yesterday is anything to go by.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Too often they turned over ball, and too often they took wrong options when chances beckoned.’
      • ‘Her voice was soft and melodious, hypnotizing and somehow beckoning.’
      • ‘Wherever they occur on earth, high places and remote places beckon and enchant us.’
      • ‘In the warm sunshine ancient courtyards beckon, inviting exploration.’
      • ‘A particularly soft blanket of green seemed to beckon, and she settled herself amid the springy blades.’
      • ‘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.’
      entice, invite, tempt, coax, lure, charm, attract, draw, pull, pull in, bring in, call, allure, interest, fascinate, engage, enchant, captivate, persuade, induce, catch the eye of
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

beckon

/ˈbɛk(ə)n/