hearken back


variants or harken back
hearkened back or harkened back; hearkening back or harkening back; hearkens back or harkens back

intransitive verb

: to go back to or recall to mind something in the past : hark back
usually used with to
This place caters to Americans and hearkens back to days when the town attracted famous celebrities.Barbara Zaragoza
Greenberg worked very closely with the laboratory which harkened back to his earliest days in the film business …Ron Magid

Examples of hearken back in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Such commentary hearkens back to exorbitant praise of the playwright, which poured forth in the 18th century—from literary critics, poets, actors, philosophers, and even artists. Time, 16 Aug. 2023 All of these seeds hearken back to times when seeds were simply a means to grow an abundance of pure, fresh food. Melissa Breyer, Treehugger, 14 July 2023 But for the best introduction to the world of brave Jedi, fierce princesses and hairy Wookiees, hearken back to a long, long time ago (the '70s) and start with the beginning of Luke Skywalker's tale. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 29 Nov. 2022 There are a lot of people putting out memes that hearken back to the era in Germany in 1933. Dana Taylor, USA TODAY, 14 July 2023 The Emmy contender is the latest in a line of series — from Gilligan’s Island to Baywatch to Lost — taking fans from the couch to the beach, but the show’s exploration of privilege and mystery particularly hearken back to 1970s escapist gem Fantasy Island. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 June 2022 The disruption hearkened back to last summer’s flight chaos, where U.S. airlines canceled or delayed thousands of flights. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 26 June 2023 The potential council upheaval could hearken back to 2018, the last time the council experienced three resignations simultaneously. Taylor Seely, The Arizona Republic, 20 June 2023 Several months after helping the US avert a nationwide rail strike, this job hearkens back to the days when Walsh was president of the Laborers’ Union Local 223 in Massachusetts. Stephen Whyno, BostonGlobe.com, 18 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hearken back was in 1900

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“Hearken back.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hearken%20back. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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