[ hahrk ]
/ hɑrk /
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verb (used without object)
to listen attentively; hearken.
verb (used with object)
Archaic. to listen to; hear.
a hunter's shout to hounds, as to encourage them in following the scent.
- (of hounds) to return along the course in order to regain a lost scent.
- to return to a previous subject or point; revert: He kept harking back to his early days in vaudeville.
OTHER WORDS FOR hark
4b refer, allude; regress, retrogress.
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Origin of hark
OTHER WORDS FROM harkun·harked, adjective
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How to use hark in a sentence
Are you still harking back to where you came from or where you are?India Row Evokes Cricket’s Ultranationalist Tebbit Test|Tunku Varadarajan|March 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Radin noticed that some of the contemporary work was referential—harking back to Vermeer, say, or Raphael.The Art App Boom|Spencer Bailey|August 27, 2010|DAILY BEAST
Now, in harking back to the origin of these acquired habits, if I interrogate the possibilities I obtain zero as the only answer.More Hunting Wasps|J. Henri Fabre
Meanwhile, despite her injunctions to her husband to wait and be patient, his mind kept harking back on this curious recollection.Somehow Good|William de Morgan
It is moreover quite inartistic in its harking back to the story of the arrest after giving fuller details.What Gunpowder Plot Was|Samuel Rawson Gardiner
Gilder betook himself to evasion by harking back to the established ground of complaint.Within the Law|Marvin Dana
This was harking back to the very first night Ruth had arrived at Cheslow from her old home at Darrowtown.Ruth Fielding At Sunrise Farm|Alice B. Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for hark
/ (hɑːk) /
(intr; usually imperative) to listen; pay attention
Word Origin for hark
Old English heorcnian to hearken; related to Old Frisian herkia, Old High German hōrechen; see hear
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