- 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.
Origin of beckon
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Examples from the Web for beckoned
I got up to leave and Biden, with his usual graciousness, beckoned me to stay.Exposed: The White House’s Professor-in-Chief
October 8, 2014
She beckoned to them, gesturing as if she were going to give them a treat.Hitler’s Killer Women Revealed in New History
October 6, 2013
During the course of the party, Charles Monteith, one of the Faber board, beckoned me out into the hall.Sylvia Plath’s Darkest Sea: What an Unveiled Draft Poem Reveals
May 3, 2013
Last week Emanuel was beckoned to head an existing but lagging effort.Rahm Emanuel Up Against a Teacher’s Strike
September 10, 2012
Samaras saw me and, to the chagrin of security, beckoned me just before the start.Antonis Samaras: New Greek Prime Minister and Predecessor Share College Ties
June 19, 2012
Fouts, with a slip of paper in his hand, beckoned him from the door of his private office.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
When, five minutes later, she beckoned him from the door of the barn, her eyes were red.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Young Howard beckoned to the professor from his place in the ranks.In the Midst of Alarms
One of the Stewards, following him with quick eyes, saw Mike and beckoned with a finger.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Her mother laid her finger on her lips, and beckoned silently.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
- to summon with a gesture of the hand or head
- to entice or lure
- a summoning gesture
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.