verb (used without object)
Literary. to give heed or attention to what is said; listen.
verb (used with object)
Archaic. to listen to; hear.
Also, harken.

1150–1200; Middle English hercnen, Old English he(o)rcnian, suffixed form of assumed *heorcian; see hark, -en1

hearkener, noun
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hearken or harken (ˈhɑːkən)
archaic to listen to (something)
[Old English heorcnian; see hark]
harken or harken
[Old English heorcnian; see hark]
'hearkener or harken

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Word Origin & History

O.E. heorcnian, from base of hieran (see hear). Harken is the usual spelling in U.S. and probably is better justified by etymology.
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Example sentences
Chess is a game in which to hearken back to the good old days is often to be right up with the latest trend in strategy.
The design doesn't hearken back to another era, it is from another era.
These arguments over the role of government in the market hearken back to the earliest days of capitalism.
Teased tresses and heavy makeup hearken back to earlier times.
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