Definition of hearken verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

hearken

 verb
(also harken)verb
BrE BrE//ˈhɑːkən//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrkən//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hearken
BrE BrE//ˈhɑːkən//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrkən//
 
he / she / it hearkens
BrE BrE//ˈhɑːkənz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrkənz//
 
past simple hearkened
BrE BrE//ˈhɑːkənd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrkənd//
 
past participle hearkened
BrE BrE//ˈhɑːkənd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrkənd//
 
-ing form hearkening
BrE BrE//ˈhɑːkənɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrkənɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] hearken (to somebody/something) (old use) to listen to somebody/something Word Origin Old English heorcnian; probably related to hark. The spelling with ea (dating from the 16th cent.) is due to association with hear.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hearken