hearken(redirected from harkening back)
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hear·kenalso har·ken (här′kən)
intr.v. hear·kened, hear·ken·ing, hear·kensPhrasal Verb:
Archaic To listen attentively; give heed.
Usage Problem To hark back.
Usage Note: Traditionally, hearken means "to listen." The word has an archaic and formal air today, in part stemming from its extensive use in the King James Bible (as in Mark 7:14 "Hearken unto me, every one of you") and in traditional storytelling. In contemporary usage, hearken is more often used where one might expect hark, no doubt because of sound similarity: The movie hearkens back to the sci-fi films of the 1950s. The Usage Panel has mixed feelings about this. In our 2009 survey, just 48 percent accepted this example.
archaic to listen to (something)
[Old English heorcnian; see hark]
or hark•en(ˈhɑr kən)
1. to give heed or attention to what is said; listen.v.t.
2. Archaic. to listen to; hear.
[1150–1200; Middle English hercnen, Old English he(o)rcnian, suffixed form of assumed *heorcian; see hark, -en1]
hearken- To pay attention or listen; it can also mean "to return to a previous topic."
See also related terms for listen.
Past participle: hearkened
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|Verb||1.||hearken - listen; used mostly in the imperative|
listen - hear with intention; "Listen to the sound of this cello"