hearken back

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

Definition of hearken back

intransitive verb

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

First Known Use of hearken back

1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Hearken back.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hearken%20back. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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