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Dictionary Information: Definition Hearken
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  Hearken (Heark"en) (?), v. i.
[imp. & p. p. Hearkened (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Hearkening.]
[OE. hercnen, hercnien, AS. hercnian, heorcnian, fr. hiéran, 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.

Synonyms -- To attend; listen; hear; heed. See Attend, v. i.
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.

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