I. verb — [no obj.] 1. make a gesture with the hand, arm, or head to encourage or instruct someone to approach or follow • Miranda beckoned to Adam.
2. [with obj. and adverbial of direction] — summon (someone) by beckoning to them • he beckoned Cameron over
• [with obj. and infinitive]
he beckoned Duncan to follow.
3. appear attractive or inviting • the going is tough and soft options beckon.
– origin Old English bīecnan, bēcnan, of West Germanic origin; related to beacon.