- 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 hearken
Hearken to the bleating of newborn two-headed freak candidacy lambs.PJ’s Political Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatheads
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And hearken to this latest warning by Kevin Sabet: cigarettes are legal, yet organized crime syndicates still smuggle them.Let's Have a Smarter Approach to Marijuana
January 28, 2013
I hope you'll find it entertaining, but even more that you'll hearken to its message."Patriots" Goes Live Today
April 30, 2012
"But hearken, O my most gracious Sovereign," said the Sheriff.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
But that I may be perfect, O Queen of angels, hearken to my prayer, and grant it!Abbe Mouret's Transgression
Shall we hearken to their song—follow them, at least a short way?
Tell him to give you the key to the quarters of El Aleman, and hearken you!The Treasure Trail
Marah Ellis Ryan
Hearken always to the voices of the Seven who appointed me your leader.
sometimes US harken
- archaic to listen to (something)
Old English heorcnian; see hark
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Word Origin and History for hearken
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