- Literary. to give heed or attention to what is said; listen.
- Archaic. to listen to; hear.
Origin of hearken
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Examples from the Web for harkening
In the intervals of harkening to my growing-pains I was, of course, still a little girl.The Promised Land
Mrs. Jervis who had been without, harkening, now came to me.An Apology for the Life of Mrs. Shamela Andrews
Harkening to it instead of knocking the man down, that was the worst of it.In the Shadow of the Hills
George C. Shedd
And harkening to the Inner Voice is simply doing what you want to do.Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers
This it was positively asserted might be heard by putting the ear to the ground and harkening attentively.The Queer, the Quaint and the Quizzical
Frank H. Stauffer
- a variant spelling (esp US) of hearken
sometimes US harken
- archaic to listen to (something)
Old English heorcnian; see hark
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Word Origin and History for harkening
variant of hearken.
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