Definition of beckon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɛk(ə)n/


[no object]
1Make a gesture with the hand, arm, or head to encourage or instruct someone to approach 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, make a gesture, motion, nod, call
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
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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.
1.2Appear attractive 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, pull (in), bring in, call, allure, interest, fascinate, engage, enchant, captivate, persuade, induce, catch the eye of


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

Words that rhyme with beckon

Deccan, pekan, reckon

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