Definition of hearken in English:


Line breaks: heark¦en
Pronunciation: /ˈhɑːk(ə)n
(also harken)


[no object]
  • 1 archaic Listen: he refused to hearken to Tom’s words of wisdom
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    • The Torah tells us listen, hear, and hearken on whichever level you are able.
    • Basically, the manufacturers are accusing the Government of not hearkening to their submissions, which they say would have done a lot to reduce their production costs.
    • At last, the Hebrews have hearkened unto that voice in the wilderness, that great prophet who came down off the mountain.
  • 2 (hearken back to) another way of saying hark back to (see hark).
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    • But, that - I was not surprised at the initial Soviet response that is - sort of hearkens back to the Cold War days when they tried to deny at first that it happened and then try to cover it up.
    • Taylor's funk-influenced style hearkens back to the days when Motown was pounding out hit after soulful hit, without relying on sentimentalism or retro-chic.
    • Given the fact that most of this paraphernalia hearkens back to movies of yore, only a modern projection screen, like the ones in Vic's lecture theatres, seems out of place.


Old English heorcnian; probably related to hark. The spelling with ea (dating from the 16th century) is due to association with hear.

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