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
The bike was fitted with chunky offroad rubber, but a stretch of mostly flat
  highway beckoned for a speed run.
As if beckoned by the lilting sound, big cars clogged the street outside.
Surrealism, and the dark workings of the hidden parts of the mind, beckoned
  artists and novelists.
Self-awareness of previous external demands beckoned the need for
  organizational growth.
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