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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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Hearkening to these voices, East and West, by early sun-rise, and by fall of eve, the blacksmith's soul responded, Aye, I come!
"Separate, but Equal" is an idea hearkening back to segregation.
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Ana's cape itself was a challenge-each feather was sewn by hand-but I felt it would magnify Ana's showstopping entrance at the ball, hearkening back to the 1930s screen sirens,' Cunliffe said.
The Homefront is a handsome folder with retro touches hearkening back to military knives of old.
She is a poignant singer-songwriter hearkening to the likes of Edie Brickell, Natalie Merchant and Norah Jones, with the innate ability to tell heartfelt stories through her music that resonant on an individual scale, connecting with each listener in a unique way.
Looking in turn at liminal space, temporal space, and shared space, they consider such topics as hearkening to the night for the heart of depth, space, and dwelling; finding architectural edge in the wake of Merleau-Ponty; in search of lost time: Merleau-Ponty, Bergson, and the time of objects; inhabiting the house that Herman built: Merleau-Ponty and the pathological space of solitary confinement; sheltering spaces, dynamics of retreat, and other hiding places in Merleau-Ponty's thought; and dwelling and public art: Serra and Bourgeois.
Negatives: defeats to the Manchester clubs and Arsenal were a hearkening back to the Moyes' era.
Hearkening to the greatest and first commandment set Israel apart from others when they entered Canaan.