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hearken


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hearken  \Heark"en\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  hear  by  listening.  [Archaic] 
 
  [She]  hearkened  now  and  then  Some  little  whispering 
  and  soft  groaning  sound.  --Spenser. 
 
  2.  To  give  heed  to  to  hear  attentively.  [Archaic] 
 
  The  King  of  Naples  .  .  .  hearkens  my  brother's  suit. 
  --Shak. 
 
  {To  hearken  out},  to  search  out  [Obs.] 
 
  If  you  find  none,  you  must  hearken  out  a  vein  and 
  buy  --B.  Johnson. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hearken  \Heark"en\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Hearkened};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Hearkening}.]  [OE.  hercnen  hercnien  AS  hercnian, 
  heorcnian  fr  hi['e]ran,  h?ran,  to  hear;  akin  to  OD 
  harcken,  horcken  LG  harken,  horken,  G.  horchen  See  {Hear}, 
  and  cf  {Hark}.] 
  1.  To  listen;  to  lend  the  ear;  to  attend  to  what  is  uttered; 
  to  give  heed;  to  hear,  in  order  to  obey  or  comply. 
 
  The  Furies  hearken,  and  their  snakes  uncurl. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  Hearken,  O  Israel,  unto  the  statutes  and  unto  the 
  judgments,  which  I  teach  you  --Deut.  iv  1. 
 
  2.  To  inquire;  to  seek  information.  [Obs.]  ``Hearken  after 
  their  offense.''  --Shak. 
 
  Syn:  To  attend;  listen;  hear;  heed.  See  {Attend},  v.  i. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hearken 
  v  :  listen;  used  mostly  in  the  imperative  [syn:  {hark},  {harken}] 




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