hearken

[hahr-kuhn]
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.
Also, harken.


Origin:
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)
 
vb
archaic to listen to (something)
 
[Old English heorcnian; see hark]
 
harken or harken
 
vb
 
[Old English heorcnian; see hark]
 
'hearkener or harken
 
n

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hearken
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
Hearkening back to our discussion of the reflective-self function is the importance of self-understanding to cognitive competence.
Hearkening to this, the ruffian changes countenance.
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