Hearken meaning

härkən
(intransitive) To listen; to lend the ear; to attend or give heed to what is uttered; to hear with attention, obedience, or compliance.
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The definition of hearken is to listen carefully.

When you listen very carefully to advice given by your parents and you actually pay attention and consider what they are saying, this is an example of a time when you hearken.

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(archaic) To listen attentively; give heed.
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(now literary) To give careful attention; listen carefully.
verb
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(archaic) To heed; hear.
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(poetic) To hear by listening.
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To hear with attention; to regard.
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hearken back
  • to go back in thought or speech; revert; hark back
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of hearken

  • Middle English herknen from Old English hercnian kous- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English hercnen, from Old English *heorcnian, suffixed form of an assumed *heorcian (cf. hark), from the same root as hȳran (whence hear), with a formative/intensive -k. Equivalent to hark + -en.

    From Wiktionary