hark

verb
\ 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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Examples of hark in a Sentence

upon hearing the offending ringing, the teacher sarcastically cried, “Hark! Could that possibly be a cell phone?”
Recent Examples on the Web Machado’s meta-intrusions disrupt and enrich in ways that hark to Jorge Luis Borges. Washington Post, "Haunted by humiliation, Carmen Maria Machado breaks form to address domestic abuse," 5 Nov. 2019 And actually, in religious terms, this harks all the way back to the ancient Gnostic heresies when people thought that all matter is evil, and the spirit is superior. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "An Interview with Douglas Murray: Gender, Race, and Identity," 1 Oct. 2019 Pen fans say fountain pens are smoother, more elegant and hark to another age. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Some of these pens are more expensive than the sword," 24 Aug. 2019 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 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 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

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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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The first known use of hark was in the 14th century

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hark

verb
\ 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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