Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To listen attentively; give heed.
  • transitive v. Archaic To listen to; hear.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To listen; to lend the ear; to attend or give heed to what is uttered; to hear with attention, obedience, or compliance.
  • v. To hear by listening.
  • v. To hear with attention; to regard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To listen; to lend the ear; to attend to what is uttered; to give heed; to hear, in order to obey or comply.
  • intransitive v. To inquire; to seek information.
  • transitive v. To hear by listening.
  • transitive v. To give heed to; to hear attentively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See harken, harkener.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. listen; used mostly in the imperative

Etymologies

Middle English herknen, from Old English hercnian; see kous- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Hearken to the reed forlorn
    Crying ever since was torn
    From its rushy bed; a strain
    Of impassioned love and pain.

    - Jalaluddin Rumi.

    Sorry, translator unknown.

    July 10, 2008