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

  • v. Variant of hearken.

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  • v. Alternative spelling of hearken ‘to listen, hear, regard’, more common form in the US.
  • v. To hark back, to return or revert (to a subject etc.), to allude to, to evoke, to long or pine for (a past event or era).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To hearken.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • v. listen; used mostly in the imperative


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  • This, of the former President Bill Clinton with candidate, the wife Hillary Clinton and Chelsea, all three of them together, the former first family, and what they did is essentially are trying to show a personal support, family support, but also to kind of harken back to the days of the White House when times were good, when the economy was strong, when the country was at peace.

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  • Those stripes kind of harken back to an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, and we've got the ice cream in a bowl.

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  • Your deluded, vile, racist leaflets harken back to the awful days of the Reich's 'Nuremberg Laws'.

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  • I long for the "golden days" of our country as well, but my wishes harken back to times when civil rights were being granted, not questioned; when attending college was not seen as being elitist, but rather something to which one aspired; when my ideological opponents knew that I was not their enemy, but just someone striving toward the same American dream via a different path.

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  • "We need to kind of harken back a little bit more to that quality of living and that generosity of space," says Mr. Pei, referring to pre-war buildings.

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  • Now might not be a bad time for academia, government and the media to start thinking about shifting to something more akin to Mr. Henninger's "private economy" terminology, or even to harken back to "free enterprise."

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  • Not to be confused with horken.

    December 23, 2008