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English verb: beckon

1. beckon (communication) signal with the hands or nod

SamplesShe waved to her friends.
He waved his hand hospitably.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s to somebody

Broader (hypernym)gesticulate, gesture, motion

2. beckon (emotion) appear inviting

SamplesThe shop window decorations beckoned.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)appeal, attract

3. beckon (communication) summon with a wave, nod, or some other gesture

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)summon

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