verb (I, T)
1 to make a signal to someone with your hand or arm, to show that you want them to come towards you
(+ to): She beckoned to the child, who came running. | beckon sb forward/to/towards etc: I stood there till she beckoned me across the room.
2 if something such as money or happiness beckons, it is so attractive that you have to do something in order to get it

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.


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