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Variant of hearken.


a variant spelling (esp US) of hearken
ˈharkener n


or hark•en

(ˈhɑr kən)

1. to give heed or attention to what is said; listen.
2. Archaic. to listen to; hear.
[1150–1200; Middle English hercnen, Old English he(o)rcnian, suffixed form of assumed *heorcian; see hark, -en1]
heark′en•er, n.


Past participle: harkened
Gerund: harkening

I harken
you harken
he/she/it harkens
we harken
you harken
they harken
I harkened
you harkened
he/she/it harkened
we harkened
you harkened
they harkened
Present Continuous
I am harkening
you are harkening
he/she/it is harkening
we are harkening
you are harkening
they are harkening
Present Perfect
I have harkened
you have harkened
he/she/it has harkened
we have harkened
you have harkened
they have harkened
Past Continuous
I was harkening
you were harkening
he/she/it was harkening
we were harkening
you were harkening
they were harkening
Past Perfect
I had harkened
you had harkened
he/she/it had harkened
we had harkened
you had harkened
they had harkened
I will harken
you will harken
he/she/it will harken
we will harken
you will harken
they will harken
Future Perfect
I will have harkened
you will have harkened
he/she/it will have harkened
we will have harkened
you will have harkened
they will have harkened
Future Continuous
I will be harkening
you will be harkening
he/she/it will be harkening
we will be harkening
you will be harkening
they will be harkening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been harkening
you have been harkening
he/she/it has been harkening
we have been harkening
you have been harkening
they have been harkening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been harkening
you will have been harkening
he/she/it will have been harkening
we will have been harkening
you will have been harkening
they will have been harkening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been harkening
you had been harkening
he/she/it had been harkening
we had been harkening
you had been harkening
they had been harkening
I would harken
you would harken
he/she/it would harken
we would harken
you would harken
they would harken
Past Conditional
I would have harkened
you would have harkened
he/she/it would have harkened
we would have harkened
you would have harkened
they would have harkened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.harken - listen; used mostly in the imperative
listen - hear with intention; "Listen to the sound of this cello"


also harken
1. To make an effort to hear something:
Archaic: list.
Idiom: give an ear.
2. Archaic. To perceive by ear, usually attentively:
Idiom: give one's ear.
References in classic literature ?
Cram not in people, by sending too fast company after company; but rather harken how they waste, and send supplies proportionably; but so, as the number may live well in the plantation, and not by surcharge be in penury.
Its pendulum swung to and fro with a dull, heavy, monotonous clang; and when the minute-hand made the circuit of the face, and the hour was to be stricken, there came from the brazen lungs of the clock a sound which was clear and loud and deep and exceedingly musical, but of so peculiar a note and emphasis that, at each lapse of an hour, the musicians of the orchestra were constrained to pause, momentarily, in their performance, to harken to the sound; and thus the waltzers perforce ceased their evolutions; and there was a brief disconcert of the whole gay company; and, while the chimes of the clock yet rang, it was observed that the giddiest grew pale, and the more aged and sedate passed their hands over their brows as if in confused revery or meditation.
'Tempt not the woman that doth incline her ear to thee, but harken to the voice of him that calleth.
I suppose you think yourself more handsomer than any of us."--"Hand her down the bit of glass from over the cupboard," cries another; "I'd wash the blood from my face before I talked of my beauty."--"You'd better have minded what the parson says," cries the eldest, "and not a harkened after men voke."--"Indeed, child, and so she had," says the mother, sobbing: "she hath brought a disgrace upon us all.
It was during this period that he might have harkened to the memories of the lair and the stream and run back to the Wild.
When she harkened to the wind that rattled in the chimney and dislodged the tiles on the roof, she imagined that he was being buffeted by the same storm, perched on top of a shattered mast, with his whole body bend backward and covered with sea-foam; or,--these were recollections of the engraved geography --he was being devoured by savages, or captured in a forest by apes, or dying on some lonely coast.
And they obeyed him right speedily and harkened to his voice, doing as he commanded.
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Lahore -- The US Consul General at Lahore, Zachary Harken Rider called on the Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq, at Mansoora, on Monday and discussed with him the situation in the region especially Afghanistan and Kashmir.