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.
- to go back in thought or speech; revert; hark back
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.