verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to signal, summon, or direct by a gesture of the head or hand.
to lure; entice.
a nod, gesture, etc., that signals, directs, summons, indicates agreement, or the like.

before 950; Middle English beknen, Old English gebē(a)cnian, derivative of bēacen beacon

beckoner, noun
beckoningly, adverb
unbeckoned, adjective

1. motion, wave, gesture, bid, nod. 2. invite, attract, draw, coax, tempt, tantalize, allure, beguile. Unabridged
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beckon (ˈbɛkən)
1.  to summon with a gesture of the hand or head
2.  to entice or lure
3.  a summoning gesture
[Old English bīecnan, from bēacen sign; related to Old Saxon bōknian; see beacon]
adj, —n

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Word Origin & History

O.E. gebecnian "to make a mute sign," derivative of beacen "a sign, beacon," from P.Gmc. *bauknjan (cf. O.H.G. bouhnen), from PIE base *bha- "to shine."
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Example sentences
Now that the fall semester is upon us, however, more serious pursuits beckon.
If another large bank became vulnerable, more rescues would beckon.
Suddenly, he awakes in his father's shop, surrounded by books that beckon to
  him endlessly.
Their dark portals beckon with the promise of a glimpse into a lost world.
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