Hearken Heark"en (h[aum]rk"'n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Hearkened} (-'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Hearkening}.] [OE. hercnen, hercnien, AS. hercnian, heorcnian, fr. hi['e]ran, h[=y]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. [1913 Webster]

The Furies hearken, and their snakes uncurl. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you. --Deut. iv. 1. [1913 Webster]

2. To inquire; to seek information. [Obs.] ``Hearken after their offense.'' --Shak.

Syn: To attend; listen; hear; heed. See {Attend}, v. i. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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