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Meaning of “beckon” in the English Dictionary

"beckon" in British English

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beckonverb

uk   us   /ˈbek.ən/
[I or T] to ​moveyourhand or ​head in a way that ​tells someone to come ​nearer: The ​customsofficial beckoned the woman to his ​counter. "Hey you!" she called, beckoning me over with her ​finger. He beckoned to me, as if he ​wanted to ​speak to me. [I] If something beckons, it ​attractspeople: For many ​youngpeople, the ​brightlights of the ​city beckon, though a lot of them end up ​sleeping on the ​streets. [I] If an ​event or ​achievement beckons, it is ​likely to ​happen: She's an ​excellentstudent, for whom a ​wonderfulfuture beckons.
(Definition of beckon from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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beckonverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈbek·ən/
to move ​yourhand or ​head in a way that ​tells someone to come nearer: [I] Fargis beckoned to the ​waiter.
(Definition of beckon from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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