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[bek-uh n] /ˈbɛk ən/
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
Related forms
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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Examples from the web for beckoned
  • 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.
  • Seeing my discomfiture, the waiter beckoned to me to follow him to the kitchen.
  • On the landing, a rugged mountainous landscape beckoned.
  • By the busload they came, beckoned by the white fluorescent cross that shimmered through the sleet.
  • He beckoned them into the next room and told them each to lie down on a padded table and stick out an arm.
  • The low roof and broad cantilevered eaves both beckoned to the horizon and provided shelter.
  • Once the meeting wrapped up he beckoned us into the small, pink-walled room where he sleeps on an iron cot.
British Dictionary definitions for beckoned


to summon with a gesture of the hand or head
to entice or lure
a summoning gesture
Derived Forms
beckoner, noun
beckoning, adjective, noun
Word Origin
Old English bīecnan, from bēacen sign; related to Old Saxon bōknian; see beacon
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Word Origin and History for beckoned



Old English gebecnian (West Saxon beacnian) "to make a mute sign," derivative of beacen "a sign, beacon," from Proto-Germanic *bauknjan (cf. Old Saxon boknian, Old High German bouhnen), from PIE root *bha- "to shine" (see beacon). Related: Beckoned; beckoning. The noun is attested from 1718, from the verb.

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