AskDefine | Define hearken

Dictionary Definition

hearken v : listen; used mostly in the imperative [syn: hark, harken]

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Alternative spellings


  • UK: /ˈhɑːkən/


  1. To listen; to lend the ear; to attend or give heed to what is uttered; to hear with attention, obedience, or compliance.
  2. In the context of "transitive|poetic}} To hear by listening.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

attend, attend to, auscultate, be all ears, bend an ear, bug, cock the ears, eavesdrop, examine by ear, give attention, give audience to, give ear, hark, hear, hear out, heed, intercept, lend an ear, listen, listen at, listen in, listen to, sit in on, tap, wiretap
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