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hearken

or hark·en

[ hahr-kuhn ]

verb (used without object)

  1. Literary. to give heed or attention to what is said; listen.


verb (used with object)

  1. Archaic. to listen to; hear.

hearken

/ ˈhɑːkən /

verb

  1. archaic.
    to listen to (something)


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Derived Forms

  • ˈhearkener, noun

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Other Words From

  • hearken·er noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of hearken1

1150–1200; Middle English hercnen, Old English he ( o ) rcnian, suffixed form of assumed *heorcian; hark, -en 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of hearken1

Old English heorcnian; see hark

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Example Sentences

These non-aligned nations don’t hearken to America’s frequent invocation of the “free world.”

From Time

There’s a huge amount of ’90s nostalgia at play — AriZona iced tea’s jackets with the brand’s classic patterns and Pizza Hut’s plastic red cups are meant to hearken back to the decade that’s just so trendy right now.

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In time, perhaps, “people… may then begin to think more coolly about this Matter, and hearken a little to Reason and Demonstration.”

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The so-called People’s Ordinance hearkens back to 1919, when 85 percent of voters supported a measure mandating that the city collect trash from homes and allowed city leaders to levy fees for it.

Hearken to the bleating of newborn two-headed freak candidacy lambs.

And hearken to this latest warning by Kevin Sabet: cigarettes are legal, yet organized crime syndicates still smuggle them.

I hope you'll find it entertaining, but even more that you'll hearken to its message.

The eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken diligently.

Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel who are carried by my bowels, are borne up by my womb.

Hearken diligently to me, and eat that which is good, and your soul shall be delighted in fatness.

And I appointed watchmen over you, saying: Hearken ye to the sound of the trumpet.

Hearken not to the words of the prophets that say to you: You shall not serve the king of Babylon: for they tell you a lie.

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