- 1Make a gesture with the hand, arm, or head to encourage or instruct someone to approach or follow: Miranda beckoned to AdamMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 followMore example sentences
- 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 beckonMore example sentences
- 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.
Old English bīecnan, bēcnan, of West Germanic origin; related to beacon.