\ ˈhärk How to pronounce hark (audio) \
harked; harking; harks

Definition of hark

intransitive verb

: to pay close attention : listen only natural for them to hark to him— G. G. Black

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Synonyms & Antonyms for hark


attend, harken, hear, hearken, heed, listen, mind


ignore, tune out

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Examples of hark in a Sentence

upon hearing the offending ringing, the teacher sarcastically cried, “Hark! Could that possibly be a cell phone?”

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Some analysts hark nostalgically to a time when the RBI was led by former bureaucrats versed in the art of compromising with politicians rather than by professional economists. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "A $2.6 Trillion Economy Depends on a Credible Central Bank," 1 Nov. 2018 The 114 looks consisted of velvet dresses, capes, and crosses, harking to the Catholic dignitaries that are said to be buried in the necropolis. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Gucci Chose a UNESCO World Heritage Site for Its 2019 Cruise Collection Show," 31 May 2018 For Franklin Graham, the Rotunda honoring of his father — a first for a religious leader — harked to an earlier era in America. Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post, "Trump, Pence and many evangelical leaders mourn Billy Graham at his funeral," 2 Mar. 2018 The announcement by American Airlines seemed to hark to another era: The airline would be adding shuttle service between New York and Chicago this spring — and serving free beer and wine, no less. Zach Wichter, New York Times, "A New Shuttle Service, Minus the 1980s Frills," 12 Feb. 2018 The place the hosts were conjuring was Lyford Cay, Bahamas; time, present day, but with a feel harking to the '50s with women wearing their finest summery flaired frocks and men in white dinner jackets. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Island life at Shelby's Cay for a debutante and her guests," 5 Jan. 2018 The cheery colors of the tiles, wallpaper and cabinetry hark to the 1930s through ’50s, worlds away from the all-white and moody gray of urban millennial kitchens. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "Can You Guess What Inspired This Kitchen’s Décor?," 7 Dec. 2017 Milkweed’s sartorial use harks at least to World War II, when overseas supplies of kapok, an insulating fiber, were cut off. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "This Winter's Hot Fashion: Parkas Stuffed With Vermont Weeds," 27 Sep. 2017 This New Moon in free-thinking Aquarius harks the beginning of a brand new professional journey for you – one that will challenge you to go leagues away from the lands of predictability and routine. Rebecca Gordon, Harper's BAZAAR, "What the New Moon on February 8th Means For You," 5 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of hark

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hark

Middle English herkien; akin to Old High German hōrechen to listen, Old English hīeran to hear

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\ ˈhärk How to pronounce hark (audio) \
harked; harking

Kids Definition of hark

: listen sense 1 “And hark to the singing and the harps!”— J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
hark back
: to recall or cause to recall something earlier

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