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Meaning of HEARKEN

Pronunciation:  'hârkun

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  listen; used mostly in the imperative

HEARKEN is a 7 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: hark, harken
 See Also: listen



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Heark"en\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Hearkened}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Hearkening}.] [OE. hercnen, hercnien, AS. hercnian,
    heorcnian, fr. hi['e]ran, h?ran, to hear; akin to OD.
    harcken, horcken, LG. harken, horken, G. horchen. See {Hear},
    and cf. {Hark}.]
    1. To listen; to lend the ear; to attend to what is uttered;
       to give heed; to hear, in order to obey or comply.
             The Furies hearken, and their snakes uncurl.
             Hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the
             judgments, which I teach you.         --Deut. iv. 1.
    2. To inquire; to seek information. [Obs.] ``Hearken after
       their offense.'' --Shak.
    Syn: To attend; listen; hear; heed. See {Attend}, v. i.
  2. \Heark"en\, v. t.
    1. To hear by listening. [Archaic]
             [She] hearkened now and then Some little whispering
             and soft groaning sound.              --Spenser.
    2. To give heed to; to hear attentively. [Archaic]
             The King of Naples . . . hearkens my brother's suit.
    {To hearken out}, to search out. [Obs.]
             If you find none, you must hearken out a vein and
             buy.                                  --B. Johnson.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: attend, attend to, auscultate, be all ears, bend an ear, bug, cock the ears, eavesdrop, examine by ear, give attention, give audience to, give ear, hark, hear, hear out, heed, intercept, lend an ear, listen, listen at, listen in, listen to, sit in on, tap, wiretap