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hearken

or harken

[hahr-kuh n] /ˈhɑr kən/
verb (used without object)
1.
Literary. to give heed or attention to what is said; listen.
verb (used with object)
2.
Archaic. to listen to; hear.
Origin of hearken
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English hercnen, Old English he(o)rcnian, suffixed form of assumed *heorcian; see hark, -en1
Related forms
hearkener, noun
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Examples from the Web for hearkened
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  • Wide she opened her lattice window and, leaning out, she hearkened to the song of the gay goshawk.

    Stories from the Ballads Mary MacGregor
  • He is always a fool when the wine overflows, as I am too, or I would not have hearkened to him!

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • And when the false beggar would have comforted him, saying he knew of a truth that Ulysses would yet return, he hearkened not.

    Stories of the Old world Alfred John Church
  • With my back to them and my ear to the door I hearkened outward.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • In the harvest following, he hearkened to another call to Torphichen, but this proved also unsuccessful.

  • I have hearkened to your words, and marked well your counsels.

  • Peter was glad that she had not hearkened to the insistent pratings of the other Peter.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
  • But he was not frightened, for he had not yet learned how to be; so he sat up and hearkened.

  • And this time, as I hearkened, my heart and my brain echoed the last words—It might be so now.

    Bye-Ways Robert Smythe Hichens
  • It was apparent that he had more to say; and all there hearkened to hear what it might be.

    From Place to Place Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for hearkened

hearken

/ˈhɑːkən/
verb
1.
(archaic) to listen to (something)
Derived Forms
hearkener, noun
Word Origin
Old English heorcnian; see hark
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Word Origin and History for hearkened

hearken

v.

Old English heorcnian, a suffixed form of *heorcian, root of hark; from Proto-Germanic *hausjan (see hear). Harken is the usual spelling in U.S. and probably is better justified by etymology; hearken likely is from influence of hear.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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