hearken

verb
heark·en | \ˈhär-kən \
variants: or harken
hearkened or harkened; hearkening\ˈhärk-niŋ, ˈhär-kə- \ or harkening

Definition of hearken 

intransitive verb

1 : listen hearkened without much mental comment— Theodore Dreiser

2 : to give respectful attention the humble folk who hearkened to these evangelists— G. M. Stephenson

transitive verb

archaic : to give heed to : hear

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Synonyms & Antonyms for hearken

Synonyms

attend, hark, harken, hear, heed, listen, mind

Antonyms

ignore, tune out

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Examples of hearken in a Sentence

hearken! I hear the distant beat of the hooves of many horses

First Known Use of hearken

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for hearken

Middle English herknen, from Old English heorcnian; akin to Old High German hōrechen to listen, Old English hīeran to hear

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hearken

verb
hear·ken | \ˈhär-kən \
hearkened; hearkening

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