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BECKON

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does beckon mean? 

BECKON (verb)
  The verb BECKON has 3 senses:

1. signal with the hands or nod
2. appear inviting
3. summon with a wave, nod, or some other gesture

  Familiarity information: BECKON used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BECKON (verb)


Sense 1beckon [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Signal with the hands or nod

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

beckon; wave

Context examples:

She waved to her friends / He waved his hand hospitably

Hypernyms (to "beckon" is one way to...):

gesticulate; gesture; motion (show, express or direct through movement)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s to somebody


Sense 2beckon [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Appear inviting

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Context example:

The shop window decorations beckoned

Hypernyms (to "beckon" is one way to...):

appeal; attract (be attractive to)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 3beckon [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Summon with a wave, nod, or some other gesture

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Hypernyms (to "beckon" is one way to...):

summon (ask to come)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


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