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intr.v. harked, hark·ing, harksPhrasal Verb:
To listen attentively.
1. To have origin in or be reminiscent of a past event or condition; recall or evoke: songs that hark back to the soul music of the 1960s.
2. To remember or discuss a past event or condition: He's always harking back to his days in the army.
[Middle English harken, herken, from Old English *heorcian.]
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(intr; usually imperative) to listen; pay attention
[Old English heorcnian to hearken; related to Old Frisian herkia, Old High German hōrechen; see hear]
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1. to listen attentively; hearken.v.t.
2. Archaic. to listen to; hear.
3. hark back,
a. (of hounds) to return along the course in order to regain a lost scent.
b. to recollect or recapitulate a previous event or topic.
[1175–1225; Middle English herken, earlier herkien, Old English *heorcian, c. Old Frisian herkia, harkia; akin to Middle Dutch harken, Middle High German horchen. compare hearken, hear]
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Past participle: harked
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|Verb||1.||hark - listen; used mostly in the imperative|
listen - hear with intention; "Listen to the sound of this cello"
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verb (Old-fashioned) listen, attend, pay attention, hearken (archaic), give ear, hear, mark, notice, give heed Hark. I hear the returning footsteps of my love.
hark back to something
1. recall, recollect, call to mind, cause you to remember, cause you to recollect pitched roofs, which hark back to the Victorian era
2. return to, remember, recall, revert to, look back to, think back to, recollect, regress to The result devastated me at the time. Even now I hark back to it.
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1. To perceive by ear, usually attentively:
Idiom: give one's ear.
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hark[hɑːk] VI hark! (poet) → ¡escucha!
hark at him! → ¡qué cosas dice!, ¡quién fue a hablar!
hark at him singing! → ¡cómo canta!
to hark to → escuchar
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hark[hɑːk] vi hark! (liter) → udite!
hark at him! (fam) → ma sentilo!
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