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beckon

[ bek-uhn ]
/ 藞b蓻k 蓹n /
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verb (used with or without object)
to signal, summon, or direct by a gesture of the head or hand.
to lure; entice.
noun
a nod, gesture, etc., that signals, directs, summons, indicates agreement, or the like.
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Origin of beckon

before 950; Middle English beknen,Old English geb膿(a)cnian, derivative of b膿acenbeacon

OTHER WORDS FROM beckon

beck路on路er, nounbeck路on路ing路ly, adverbun路beck路oned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for beckon

beckon
/ (藞b蓻k蓹n) /

verb
to summon with a gesture of the hand or head
to entice or lure
noun
a summoning gesture

Derived forms of beckon

beckoner, nounbeckoning, adjective, noun

Word Origin for beckon

Old English b墨ecnan, from b膿acen sign; related to Old Saxon b艒knian; see beacon
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