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also har·ken  (här′kən)
intr.v. hear·kened, hear·ken·ing, hear·kens
Archaic To listen attentively; give heed.
Phrasal Verb:
hearken back
Usage Problem To hark back.

[Middle English herknen, from Old English hercnian; see kous- in Indo-European roots.]
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.


(ˈhɑːkən) or


archaic to listen to (something)
[Old English heorcnian; see hark]
ˈhearkener 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.


- To pay attention or listen; it can also mean "to return to a previous topic."
See also related terms for listen.


Past participle: hearkened
Gerund: hearkening

I hearken
you hearken
he/she/it hearkens
we hearken
you hearken
they hearken
I hearkened
you hearkened
he/she/it hearkened
we hearkened
you hearkened
they hearkened
Present Continuous
I am hearkening
you are hearkening
he/she/it is hearkening
we are hearkening
you are hearkening
they are hearkening
Present Perfect
I have hearkened
you have hearkened
he/she/it has hearkened
we have hearkened
you have hearkened
they have hearkened
Past Continuous
I was hearkening
you were hearkening
he/she/it was hearkening
we were hearkening
you were hearkening
they were hearkening
Past Perfect
I had hearkened
you had hearkened
he/she/it had hearkened
we had hearkened
you had hearkened
they had hearkened
I will hearken
you will hearken
he/she/it will hearken
we will hearken
you will hearken
they will hearken
Future Perfect
I will have hearkened
you will have hearkened
he/she/it will have hearkened
we will have hearkened
you will have hearkened
they will have hearkened
Future Continuous
I will be hearkening
you will be hearkening
he/she/it will be hearkening
we will be hearkening
you will be hearkening
they will be hearkening
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been hearkening
you have been hearkening
he/she/it has been hearkening
we have been hearkening
you have been hearkening
they have been hearkening
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been hearkening
you will have been hearkening
he/she/it will have been hearkening
we will have been hearkening
you will have been hearkening
they will have been hearkening
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been hearkening
you had been hearkening
he/she/it had been hearkening
we had been hearkening
you had been hearkening
they had been hearkening
I would hearken
you would hearken
he/she/it would hearken
we would hearken
you would hearken
they would hearken
Past Conditional
I would have hearkened
you would have hearkened
he/she/it would have hearkened
we would have hearkened
you would have hearkened
they would have hearkened
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.hearken - 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.


[ˈhɑːkən] VI (archaic, liter) to hearken toescuchar


vi (old, liter)horchen (→ to auf +acc)
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