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harken

[hahr-kuh n] /ˈhɑr kən/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
1.
Related forms
harkener, noun

hearken

or harken

[hahr-kuh n] /ˈhɑr kən/
verb (used without object)
1.
Literary. to give heed or attention to what is said; listen.
verb (used with object)
2.
Archaic. to listen to; hear.
Origin of hearken
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English hercnen, Old English he(o)rcnian, suffixed form of assumed *heorcian; see hark, -en1
Related forms
hearkener, noun
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  • So it came about that any advocate could usually find an audience to harken to his arguments for his pet selection.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • That meant, naturally, that I was to approach and harken unto what he had to say.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • To harken to each ring of the telephone bell, in the hope that, if it is not the idolized voice, it is at least a message from it?

    Bab: A Sub-Deb Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Several of the crew had rushed down to harken to the strange disturbance.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • Here it is; let us harken to it, and ponder it in the deepest depths of our heart.

    Life and Times of David Charles Henry Mackintosh
  • To obey is better than sacrifice; and to harken than the fat of rams.

    Life and Times of David Charles Henry Mackintosh
British Dictionary definitions for harken

harken

/ˈhɑːkən/
verb
1.
a variant spelling (esp US) of hearken
Derived Forms
harkener, noun

hearken

/ˈhɑːkən/
verb
1.
(archaic) to listen to (something)
Derived Forms
hearkener, noun
Word Origin
Old English heorcnian; see hark
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Word Origin and History for harken

variant of hearken.

hearken

v.

Old English heorcnian, a suffixed form of *heorcian, root of hark; from Proto-Germanic *hausjan (see hear). Harken is the usual spelling in U.S. and probably is better justified by etymology; hearken likely is from influence of hear.

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