beckon

  • 1 Beckon — Beck on, n. A sign made without words; a beck. At the first beckon. Bolingbroke. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 beckon — [bek′ən] vi., vt. [ME beknen < OE beacnian, becnian; akin to OS boknian, OHG bouhnen < Gmc * bauhnan < * baukna,BEACON] 1. to call or summon by a silent gesture 2. to seem enticing (to); attract; lure [the woods beckon] n. a summoning… …

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  • 3 Beckon — Beck on, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beckoned} (?); p. pr. & vb. n. {Beckoning}.] To make a significant sign to; hence, to summon, as by a motion of the hand. [1913 Webster] His distant friends, he beckons near. Dryden. [1913 Webster] It beckons you to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 beckon — index call (summon), entrap, request, subpoena, summon Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 beckon — (v.) O.E. gebecnian (W. Saxon beacnian) to make a mute sign, derivative of beacen a sign, beacon, from P.Gmc. *bauknjan (Cf. O.S. boknian, O.H.G. bouhnen), from PIE root *bha to shine (see BEACON (Cf. beacon)). Related: Beckoned; …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 beckon — [v] call, signal, or lure allure, ask, attract, bid, coax, command, demand, draw, entice, gesticulate, gesture, invite, motion, nod, pull, sign, summon, tempt, wave; concepts 7,22,53,74 …

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  • 7 beckon — ► VERB 1) make a gesture to encourage or instruct someone to approach or follow. 2) seem appealing or inviting: the wide open spaces of Australia beckoned. ORIGIN Old English, related to BEACON(Cf. ↑beacon) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 beckon — beck|on [ˈbekən] v [: Old English; Origin: biecnan, from beacen; BEACON] 1.) [I and T] to make a signal to someone with your hand, to show that you want them to come towards you or to follow you ▪ I could see my husband beckoning me. beckon (to)… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 beckon — [[t]be̱kən[/t]] beckons, beckoning, beckoned 1) VERB If you beckon to someone, you signal to them to come to you. [V to n] He beckoned to the waiter... [V n adv/prep] I beckoned her over... [V n to inf] Hughes beckoned him to sit down on a sofa.… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 beckon — UK [ˈbekən] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms beckon : present tense I/you/we/they beckon he/she/it beckons present participle beckoning past tense beckoned past participle beckoned 1) to signal to someone to come towards you He… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 beckon — verb (beckoned; beckoning) Etymology: Middle English beknen, from Old English bīecnan, from bēacen sign more at beacon Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. to summon or signal typically with a wave or nod 2. to appear …

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  • 12 beckon — v. 1) (D; intr.) to beckon to (he beckoned to her) 2) (H) she beckoned me to follow * * * [ bekən] (H) she beckoned me to follow (D: intr.) to beckon to (he beckoned to her) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 beckon — beck|on [ bekən ] verb intransitive or transitive 1. ) to signal to someone to come toward you: beckon to: He beckoned to the waiter to ask for another bottle of wine. beckon (to) someone to do something: She beckoned me to join her. 2. ) if… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 beckon —   Ani, ali, pe ahi, ho āni;    ♦ beckon with the hand, ani pe ahi;    ♦ beckon with the head, kūlou, kūnou …

    English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • 15 beckon — verb Beckon is used with these nouns as the object: ↑waiter, waitress …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 beckon to — phr verb Beckon to is used with these nouns as the object: ↑waiter, waitress …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 beckon — verb (I, T) 1 to make a signal to someone with your hand or arm, to show that you want them to come towards you (+ to): She beckoned to the child, who came running. | beckon sb forward/to/towards etc: I stood there till she beckoned me across the …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 beckon — beckoner, n. beckoningly, adv. /bek euhn/, v.t., v.i. 1. to signal, summon, or direct by a gesture of the head or hand. 2. to lure; entice. n. 3. a nod, gesture, etc., that signals, directs, summons, indicates agreement, or the like. [bef. 950;… …

    Universalium

  • 19 beckon — verb To wave and/or to nod to somebody with the intention to make the person come closer …

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  • 20 beckon — Synonyms and related words: appeal, attract, be attractive, bid, call, engage, fetch, gesticulate, gesture, interest, invite, mime, motion, motion to, pantomime, saw the air, shrug, shrug the shoulders, signal, summon, tantalize, tease, tempt,… …

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