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
To hear is to hearken, and to hearken is to obey, from a right faith in God.
Those stripes kind of hearken back to an old-fashioned ice cream parlor.
I want to just kind of hearken back to what he said about San Diego.
For, sir, yonder clamour, being inarticulate, may speak infinitely to such as hearken understandingly, being one of Nature's awful voices, a very symphony of Life.
I kind of hearken back to the days where you had the officer on the beat.
And hearken, that is their horn; blow we an answer: ho, noise! set thy lips to the brass. "
Then Antinous, who was a great lord, and of chief note among the suitors, said, "Prince Telemachus does ill to encourage these wandering beggars, who go from place to place, affirming that they have been some considerable persons in their time, filling the ears of such as hearken to them with lies, and pressing with their bold feet into kings 'palaces.
This would hearken back to the time Barbra Streisand announced that she was "rereading" her Thomas Jefferson.
It's expected that the 44th president will hearken back to another president who faced a crossroads moment, JFK, who, in 1961, responded to the national shock at the Soviet Union having pulled ahead in the space race with the launch of Sputnik by promising to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade.
"Expect the president on Tuesday to hearken back to that time," wrote HuffPost's Howard Fineman, "and to say we face another 'Sputnik moment' -- an economic one."