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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
Historical Examples
  • With my back to them and my ear to the door I hearkened outward.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • I have hearkened to your words, and marked well your counsels.

  • Latisan, lingering on the porch, had hearkened and observed.

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

  • 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
  • But it surprised me much that Mother Alianora lay and hearkened, and said nought.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • 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
  • She hearkened till she heard him ride away—on his way to Alianora.

    The Well in the Desert Emily Sarah Holt
  • I frequently stood still, and hearkened to the one and to the other.

  • She hearkened over the banisters for his voice, heard it, and summoned all her courage.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
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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