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hearken

Definition:

to listen; used mostly in the imperative

Class:

perception verb (seeing, hearing, feeling, etc.)

Past tense:

hearkened

Present participle:

hearkening

3rd-person singular present:

hearkens

Type of:

listen » perceive

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

hark | harken

Etymology:

Old English heorcnian, a suffixed form of *heorcian, root of "hark"; from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

hearken [archaic] | harken [United States] | hearkener [noun, derived]

to listen to (something) (4 of 327 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/hearken

Merriam-Webster:

hearken | hearkened [past tense] | hearkening [present participle] | hear [synonym, sense-specific] | listen [synonym, sense-specific] | attend [synonym, sense-specific] | hark [synonym, sense-specific] | harken [synonym, sense-specific] | heed [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

"listen" | to give respectful attention | [archaic] to give heed to; "hear" (11 of 87 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/hearken

Wiktionary:

hearken | hearkened [past tense] | hearkening [present participle] | hearkens [3rd-person singular present] | harken [sense-specific]

[intransitive] To listen; to lend the ear; to attend or give heed to what is uttered; to hear with attention, obedience, or compliance. | [transitive, poetic] To hear by listening. | [transitive] To hear with attention; to regard. | [obsolete] To... (38 of 77 words, 4 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/hearken

Oxford Dictionary:

hearken | harken | hearken back to | listen [synonym, sense-specific]

Syllabification: (hearkĀ·en) | [intransitive, archaic] | listen | "hearken back to" : another way of saying "hark back to" (see "hark"). (18 of 69 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/hearken

hearken [archaic] | harken | hearken back to | listen [synonym, sense-specific]

listen | ("hearken back to") : another way of saying "hark back to" (see "hark"). (14 of 66 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/hearken

American Heritage Dictionary:

hearken | hearkened [past tense] | harkened [past tense] | hearkening [present participle] | harkening [present participle] | hearkens [3rd-person singular present] | harkens [3rd-person singular present] | harken [sense-specific]

To listen attentively; give heed. | [archaic] To listen to; hear. (10 of 41 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hearken

Macmillan British Dictionary:

hearken [intransitive, literary] | hearkened [past tense] | hearkening [present participle] | hearkens [3rd-person singular present]

to listen (2 of 32 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/hearken

New World Dictionary:

hearken | harken

[literary] to give careful attention; listen carefully: with to | [archaic] to heed; hear (13 of 29 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hearken

Random House Dictionary:

hearken | harken [sense-specific]

[literary] to give heed or attention to what is said; listen. | [archaic] to listen to; hear. (16 of 21 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/hearken

Cambridge Dictionary:

hearken [literary]

to listen (2 of 8 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/hearken

Wikipedia:

Harken [disambiguation]

may refer to: Harken Energy | Harken, Inc. or Harken Yacht Equipment | Harken Band (13 of 63 words, 3 definitions)

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Encarta Dictionary:

hearken [archaic] | hearkened [past tense] | harken: harkened [past tense] | harkened [past tense] | hearkening [present participle] | harken: harkening [present participle] | harkening [present participle] | hearkens [3rd-person singular present] | harken: harkens [3rd-person singular present] | ...

to listen and pay attention (5 of 54 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861617032​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

hearken

Origin: Old English heorcnian, a suffixed form of *heorcian, root of "hark"; from Proto-Germanic *hausjan. Harken is the usual ... (18 of 36 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

hearken | hearkened [past tense] | hearkening [present participle] | hearkens [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English hercnen, from Old English *heorcnian, suffixed form of an assumed *heorcian (compare hark), from the same root as hȳran (whence hear), with a formative/intensive -k. Equivalent to... (29 of 31 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/hearken

Merriam-Webster:

hearken | hearkened [past tense] | hearkening [present participle]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English herknen, from Old English heorcnian; akin to Old High German hōrechen to listen, Old English hīeran to hear

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Oxford Dictionary:

hearken | harken

Origin: Old English heorcnian; probably related to "hark". The spelling with ea (dating from the 16th century) is due to association with "hear"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/hearken

New World Dictionary:

hearken

Origin: Middle English herknien from Old English heorknian, hyrcnian from base of hieran: see "hear"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hearken

American Heritage Dictionary:

hearken | hearkened [past tense] | harkened [past tense] | hearkening [present participle] | harkening [present participle] | hearkens [3rd-person singular present] | harkens [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English herknen, from Old English hercnian; see kous- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hearken

Collins Dictionary:

hearken [archaic] | harken [United States]

Origin: Old English heorcnian; see hark

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/hearken

Encarta Dictionary:

hearken [archaic] | hearkened [past tense] | harken: harkened [past tense] | harkened [past tense] | hearkening [present participle] | harken: harkening [present participle] | harkening [present participle] | hearkens [3rd-person singular present] | harken: harkens [3rd-person singular present] | ...

Origin: Old English heorcnian from hark

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861617032​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

hearken [intransitive, literary] | hearkened [past tense] | hearkening [present participle] | hearkens [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "hearken"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/hearken

Macmillan American Dictionary:

hearken [intransitive, literary] | hearkened [past tense] | hearkening [present participle] | hearkens [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "hearken"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/hearken

Cambridge Dictionary:

hearken [literary]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "hearken"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "hearken"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/hearken

the Free Dictionary:

hearken

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "hearken"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "hearken"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/hearken

harken

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "harken"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "harken"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "harken" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/harken

Google Dictionary:

hearken | hearkened [past tense] | harkened [past tense] | harkening [present participle] | hearkening [present participle] | hearkens [3rd-person singular present] | harkens [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "hearken"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

hearken

Audio: North American pronunciation of "hearken"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=hearke​01 word=hearken

YourDictionary Audio:

hearken

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "hearken" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/hearken

harken

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "harken" by speech synthesizer

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Collins Dictionary:

harken [United States] | hearken

Audio: British English pronunciation of "harken"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/harken

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