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beacon

[ bee-kuhn ]
/ ˈbi kən /
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noun
verb (used with object)
to serve as a beacon to; warn or guide.
to furnish or mark with beacons: a ship assigned to beacon the shoals.
verb (used without object)
to serve or shine as a beacon: A steady light beaconed from the shore.

OTHER WORDS FOR beacon

1 beam, buoy, pharos; signal fire; balefire.
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Origin of beacon

First recorded before 950; Middle English beken, Old English bēacen “sign, signal”; cognate with Old Frisian bāken, Old Saxon bōkan, Old High German bouhhan

OTHER WORDS FROM beacon

bea·con·less, adjectiveun·bea·coned, adjective

Other definitions for beacon (2 of 2)

Beacon
[ bee-kuhn ]
/ ˈbi kən /

noun
a city in SE New York.
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British Dictionary definitions for beacon

beacon
/ (ˈbiːkən) /

noun
verb
to guide or warn
(intr) to shine

Word Origin for beacon

Old English beacen sign; related to Old Frisian bāken, Old Saxon bōcan, Old High German bouhhan
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