heark·​en | \ ˈhär-kən How to pronounce hearken (audio) \
variants: or harken
hearkened or harkened; hearkening\ ˈhärk-​niŋ How to pronounce hearkening (audio) , 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
3 : to bring to mind something in the past : hearken back Portrayals of dinosaurs with lizard-like tongues hearken to early interpretations of the beasts as oversized lizards.— Mindy Weisberger

transitive verb

archaic : to give heed to : hear

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hearken! I hear the distant beat of the hooves of many horses
Recent Examples on the Web Laced with scripture, historical references, and even a quote from beloved novelist Toni Morrison, Booker's remarks hearkened a familiar stump theme of his—the power of love, according to CBS Campaign Reporter LaCrai Mitchell. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Biden says Trump "encourages and emboldens" white supremacy," 7 Aug. 2019 Among those runs was a Mike Trout homer that, coincidentally, traveled 454 feet — again hearkening to Skaggs’ jersey. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Angels Throw No-Hitter After Tyler Skaggs' Death — First in California Since Day He Was Born," 15 July 2019 Portrayals of dinosaurs with lizard-like tongues hearken to early interpretations of the beasts as oversized lizards. Mindy Weisberger, Scientific American, "T. Rex Couldn’t Stick Out Its Tongue," 24 June 2018 With its Tribute collection, the Italian label blends a classic, round eyewear shape with the barest hint of a cat-eye, hearkening to 1960s Hollywood elegance. The Cut, "Buy These Sunglasses in Every Color," 24 May 2018 The specter of the virus once again transmitting in an urban setting is a chilling one, hearkening to painful memories of the massive West African Ebola outbreak that began at the end of 2013. Helen Branswell, STAT, "WHO to weigh declaration of international emergency over Ebola outbreak," 17 May 2018 The searches of Cohen’s documents hearken to the pre-dawn FBI raid of the home of Manafort’s. Matt Apuzzo, BostonGlobe.com, "Read transcript of Trump’s fiery remarks on raid of Michael Cohen’s office," 9 Apr. 2018 Also, choose fonts wisely; hard-to-read script that hearkens to the faux calligraphy trend are not the best when trying to get your message across. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 10 Wedding Trends That We Hope Not to See in 2018," 18 Jan. 2018 Leave it to the St. Anthony Club to be a true throwback, though: the gentleman’s-style speakeasy hearkens Ivy League clubs of old, where patrons might compare insignia rings over the notes of a Steinway. Condé Nast Traveler, "The St. Anthony (Luxury Collection)," 20 Oct. 2017

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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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The first known use of hearken was before the 12th century

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hear·​ken | \ ˈhär-kən How to pronounce hearken (audio) \
hearkened; hearkening

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