Definition of beckon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbekən/


[no object]
1Make a gesture with the hand, arm, or head to encourage someone to come nearer or follow: Miranda beckoned to Adam
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  • 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.
  • I snapped, but all the same beckoned to her to follow me.
gesture, signal, wave, gesticulate, motion
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
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  • 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.
  • A person beckoning someone else extends an arm with the palm turned down and brings the fingers toward the wrist.
1.2Seem to be appealing or inviting: the going is tough, and soft options beckon
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  • 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.
  • 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.
entice, invite, tempt, coax, lure, charm, attract, draw, call


Old English bīecnan, bēcnan; related to beacon.

Words that rhyme with beckon

Deccan, pekan, reckon

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Syllabification: beck·on

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