Definition of beckon in English:



  • 1 Make a gesture with the hand, arm, or head to encourage someone to come nearer or follow.

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