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
It's getting to be that time of the year, and the job market beckons.
Vocalization on inspiration is what happens when one calls or beckons to
  another at a distance.
Every now and then a small town rises on the horizon and beckons exploration.
He wonders if there is a connection, if the wall magically beckons migrants.
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