[ hahr-kuhn ]
/ ˈhɑr kən /
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verb (used without object)
Literary. to give heed or attention to what is said; listen.
verb (used with object)
Archaic. to listen to; hear.
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Origin of hearken
OTHER WORDS FROM hearkenheark·en·er, noun
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How to use hearken in a sentence
And they have not hearkened to me: nor inclined their ear: but have hardened their neck, and have done worse than their fathers.
I attended, and hearkened; no man speaketh what is good, there is none that doth penance for his sin, saying: What have I done?
My God will cast them away, because they hearkened not to him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations.
Thereat were the Icelanders witnesses and hearkened to the fair singing and the ringing of bells.
And then she told me, as we sat by the fire and hearkened to the rising gusts, of how this change had fallen upon my uncle.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI|Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for hearken
sometimes US harken
/ (ˈhɑːkən) /
archaic to listen to (something)
Derived forms of hearkenhearkener, noun
Word Origin for hearken
Old English heorcnian; see hark
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