American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To listen attentively.
- idiom. hark back To return to a previous point, as in a narrative.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To hear; listen to.
- To listen; harken: now chiefly used in the imperative, as an incitement to attention or action, as in hunting. See phrases below.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Now rare, except in the imperative form used as an interjection, Hark! listen. To listen; to hearken.
- v. listen; used mostly in the imperative
- From Middle English herken, herkien, from Old English *hercian, *heorcian, *hiercian, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *hauzijanan (“to hear”) + formative/intensive -k. Cognate with Scots herk ("to hark"), North Frisian harke ("to hark"), West Frisian harkje ("to listen"), obsolete Dutch horken ("to hark, listen to"), Middle Low German horken ("to hark"), German horchen ("to hark, harken to"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English harken, herken, from Old English *heorcian. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Traditional communities, that the word hark backs to, were people with weak ties.”
“See, see, mother; hark, that is the cry of the little bird, the hawk has got it.”
“Jackson's comment and the group's name hark back to the nation's revolutionary beginnings in its tax revolt against England, and the Fourth of July holiday this weekend has become a rallying cry for supporters who plan a rally in San Antonio, a fair in suburban Atlanta and more.”
“CROWLEY: And I kind of hark back to something that someone close to Michael Bloomberg once said, which was he didn't get this wealthy wasting his money.”
“Sarah Palin), the audience at the first Lincoln-Douglas debate erupted with cries like "hark" and "humbug" and "hit him again.”
“Winds and seismic and tectonic disruptions have left their mark in tortuous folds and uplifts, deep gashes, and conical incrustations that hark back far before the age of human folly.”
“Even Brits do not hark as closely when the questioning shifts to the much-less-known owners of the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror or other down-market papers.”
“Armin Smailovic for The Wall Street Journal What's of particular concern to German political and business leaders is that many of those leaving hark from the cutting-edge sectors that Germany views as crucial to safeguarding its export advantage, such as nanotechnology, electrical engineering, biotechnology and clean technologies.”
“What's of particular concern to German political and business leaders is that many of those leaving hark from the cutting-edge sectors that Germany views as crucial to safeguarding its export advantage, such as nanotechnology, electrical engineering, biotechnology and clean technologies.”
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