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Definition of beckon verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they beckon
    he / she / it beckons
    past simple beckoned
    -ing form beckoning
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to give someone 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 check. 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. 2[intransitive, transitive] to appear very attractive to someone The clear blue sea beckoned. beckon somebody The thought of a month without work was beckoning her.
  3. 3[intransitive] to be something that is likely to happen or will possibly happen to someone in the future For many kids leaving college the prospect of unemployment beckons.
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