beck·on / ˈbekən/ • v. [intr.] make a gesture with the hand, arm, or head to encourage someone to come nearer or follow: Miranda beckoned to Adam. ∎ [tr.] attract the attention of and summon (someone) in this way: he beckoned Christopher over. ∎ fig. seem to be appealing or inviting: the going is tough, and soft options beckon.