Meaning of hearken in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhɑːk(ə)n/

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(also harken)
[no object] archaic
  • Listen.

    ‘he refused to hearken to Tom's words of wisdom’
    • ‘now hearken and obey’
    • ‘The Torah tells us listen, hear, and hearken on whichever level you are able.’
    • ‘Basically, the manufacturers are accusing the Government of not hearkening to their submissions, which they say would have done a lot to reduce their production costs.’
    • ‘At last, the Hebrews have hearkened unto that voice in the wilderness, that great prophet who came down off the mountain.’
    • ‘The voice is pedantic and apostrophic - O reader, hearken to my tale - and imbued with a faux-archaism that suggests the curlicued Georgian efforts of young Robin Hyde.’
    • ‘Does it need drastic action by the association of international air lines, in order for those responsible for our fuel management to hearken to the wake up call?’
    pay attention, pay heed, be attentive, listen, lend an ear

Phrasal Verbs

    hearken back
    • 1Mention or remember something from the past.

      ‘he hearkened back to his first decision’
      • ‘you hearken back, and you like to think you haven't changed’
      1. 1.1Evoke an older style or genre.
        • ‘the 50s decor hearkens back to simpler times’


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