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Definition of BEACON



: a lighthouse or other signal for guidance


: a radio transmitter emitting signals to guide aircraft


: a source of light or inspiration … the beacon to the oppressed of all countries …—Adrienne Koch


: a signal fire commonly on a hill, tower, or pole

intransitive verb

: to shine as a beacon … Adventure beaconed from far off, and his heart leapt to greet the light.—Maurice Hewlett

transitive verb

: to furnish with a signal or a source of light or inspiration : to furnish with a beacon

Last Updated: 15 Jan 2023 – Updated example sentences

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Merriam-Webster unabridged


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