Definitions for beckonˈbɛk ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

beck•onˈbɛk ən(v.i.)

  1. to signal, summon, or direct by a gesture of the head or hand.

  2. to lure; entice.

  3. (n.)a nod, gesture, etc., that signals, directs, or summons.

Origin of beckon:

bef. 950; ME beknen, OE gebē(a)cnian, der. of bēacenbeacon


Princeton's WordNet

  1. beckon, wave(verb)

    signal with the hands or nod

    "She waved to her friends"; "He waved his hand hospitably"

  2. beckon(verb)

    appear inviting

    "The shop window decorations beckoned"

  3. beckon(verb)

    summon with a wave, nod, or some other gesture


  1. beckon(Verb)

    To wave and/or to nod to somebody with the intention to make the person come closer.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beckon(verb)

    to make a significant sign to; hence, to summon, as by a motion of the hand

  2. Beckon(noun)

    a sign made without words; a beck

Translations for beckon

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to summon (someone) by making a sign with the fingers.

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