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beckoning

[ bek-uhn ]SEE DEFINITION OF beckoning

Synonyms for beckoning

  • attract
  • entice
  • invite
  • tempt
  • allure
  • ask
  • bid
  • coax
  • command
  • demand
  • draw
  • gesticulate
  • gesture
  • motion
  • nod
  • pull
  • sign
  • summon
  • wave
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Antonyms for beckoning

  • repel
  • repulse
  • turn off
  • deter
  • push
  • reply
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BECKONING

On looking back for my men, I saw one beckoning me to return.

Even yet there was no beckoning call for Lauzanne; but Mike knew.

"All over, Steve; you can come along," said Max, beckoning toward the other.

The Angel of the Wild Things was standing there, beckoning, in the little vale.

The elder man approached me, beckoning the younger to follow.

But whether it be from you or from another, O Khalid, there is the ghost of it beckoning to you.

She walked into the hall, beckoning him with a jerk of her head.

Then, beckoning a trooper to his side, he whispered an order in his ear.

And he lay still, beckoning her towards him with shining eyes.

The Earth, unbelievably bright, was beckoning them once more.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English gebecnian (West Saxon beacnian) "to make a mute sign," derivative of beacen "a sign, beacon," from Proto-Germanic *bauknjan (cf. Old Saxon boknian, Old High German bouhnen), from PIE root *bha- "to shine" (see beacon). Related: Beckoned; beckoning. The noun is attested from 1718, from the verb.

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attractive

adjectiveappealing, drawing attention
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