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ˈbɛk ənbeck·on

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beckon, waveverb

    signal with the hands or nod

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

  2. beckonverb

    appear inviting

    "The shop window decorations beckoned"

  3. beckonverb

    summon with a wave, nod, or some other gesture

Wiktionary

  1. beckonverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Beckonverb

    To make a sign to.

    Etymology: from beck, or beacn, Sax. a sign.

    With her two crooked hands she signs did make,
    And beckon’d him. Fairy Queen, b. ii. cant. iv. stanz. 13.

    It beckons you to go away with it,
    As if it some impartment did desire
    To you alone. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    With this his distant friends he beckons near,
    Provokes their duty, and prevents their fear. Dryden.

  2. To Beckonverb

    To make a sign.

    Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defence unto the people. Acts, xix. 33.

    When he had raised my thoughts by those transporting airs, he beckoned to me, and, by the waving of his hand, directed me to approach. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 159.

    Sudden you mount! you beckon from the skies,
    Clouds interpose, waves roar, and winds arise. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beckonverb

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

  2. Beckonnoun

    a sign made without words; a beck

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Beckon

    bek′n, v.t. to nod or make a sign to. [A.S. bíecnanbéacn, a sign. See Beacon.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of beckon in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of beckon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of beckon in a Sentence

  1. William Arthur Ward:

    Opportunity is often difficult to recognize we usually expect it to beckon us with beepers and billboards.

  2. Larry Rosen:

    When we have our screens close at hand( or on arm) they are often just extensions of the connection apps we use on our phones, the more we allow notifications and alerts to beckon us, the more stress and anxiety chemicals are released, making us on edge and our mental and emotional systems are flooded with a message that says,' check me now.'.

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