- 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 harken
He is said to harken back to a better time, when senators put party aside yadda yadda.
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Bush sold the Harken stock so he could buy a small percentage—just 1.8 percent—of the Texas Rangers baseball team.
Of the two wells Harken drilled in Bahrain, both came up dry.
That meant, naturally, that I was to approach and harken unto what he had to say.Working With the Working Woman
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Harken to the lecture on lobsters by Professor James Spurling!Jim Spurling, Fisherman
Albert Walter Tolman
Several of the crew had rushed down to harken to the strange disturbance.Blackbeard: Buccaneer
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Here it is; let us harken to it, and ponder it in the deepest depths of our heart.
To obey is better than sacrifice; and to harken than the fat of rams.
- 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 harken
variant of hearken.
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