hark

verb \ ˈhärk \

Definition of hark

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

Examples of hark in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of hark

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

hark Synonyms

Antonyms

ignore, tune out;

Near Antonyms

discount, disregard;

Phrases

prick up one's ears;



HARK Defined for Kids

hark

verb \ ˈhärk \

Definition of hark for Students

harked; harking
: listen 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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