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
Her cephalothorax lowers, he dances with the rising sun as if beckoning the
  light to share in this moment.
Despite their vulgar display, their beckoning rainbow of color, they are barren.
The eye-catching motels, with their beckoning neon signs, are a stylistic
  extension of the boardwalk.
Follow the arc of that horseshoe and the cliffs peer over you all the way,
  forbidding and beckoning at once.
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