- 1[intransitive, transitive] to give somebody a signal using your finger or hand, especially to tell them to move nearer or to follow you synonym signal beckon to somebody (to do something) He beckoned to the waiter to bring the bill. beckon somebody (+ adv./prep.) He beckoned her over with a wave. The boss beckoned him into her office. beckon somebody to do something She beckoned him to come and join them.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] to appear very attractive to somebody The clear blue sea beckoned. beckon somebody The prospect of a month without work was beckoning her.
- 3[intransitive] to be something that is likely to happen or will possibly happen to somebody in the future For many kids leaving college the prospect of unemployment beckons. Word Origin Old English bīecnan, bēcnan, of West Germanic origin; related to beacon.Extra examples The lights seemed to beckon to Sara in a strange way. I saw someone beckoning from a doorway. John beckoned her to come in. Richard beckoned the man over. She beckoned him into her office. The man with the headphones was beckoning urgently.
BrE BrE//ˈbekən//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbekən//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they beckon
BrE BrE//ˈbekən//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbekən//he / she / it beckons
BrE BrE//ˈbekənz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbekənz//past simple beckoned
BrE BrE//ˈbekənd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbekənd//past participle beckoned
BrE BrE//ˈbekənd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbekənd//-ing form beckoning
BrE BrE//ˈbekənɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbekənɪŋ//