Harkens vs Hardens - What's the difference?

harkens | hardens |


As a verb harkens

is (harken).

As a noun hardens is

.

harkens

English

Verb

(head)
  • (harken)
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    harken

    English

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • ‘to listen, hear, regard’, more common form in the US.
  • * 1833 :
  • Œnone Dear mother Ida, harken ere I die.
  • * 1883:
  • We were not many minutes on the road, though we sometimes stopped to lay hold of each other and harken . But there was no unusual sound...
  • * 1942 ,
  • ... whom he had revered and harkened to and loved and lost and grieved:
  • (figuratively, US) To hark back, to return or revert (to a subject etc.), to allude to, to evoke, to long or pine for (a past event or era).
  • * 1994 , David Coogan, Electronic Writing Centers: Computing the Field of Composition , page 4
  • The emerging consensus that writing was merely transcribed speech, then, harkened back to the pre-disciplinary, liberal arts college
  • * 2005 , Carol Padden, Tom L. Humphries, Inside Deaf Culture , page 48
  • Bell argued that the manual approach was "backwards," and harkened to a primitive age where humans used gesture and pantomime.

    Usage notes

    The bare form harken has been used since the 1980s, though some authorities frown upon this and prefer the traditional form hark back.

    References

    * * Merriam-Webster’s dictionary of English usage, 1995, p. 497 * “ Hark/Hearken”, Paul Brians, Common Errors in English Usage, (2nd Edition, November, 2008)

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    hardens

    English

    Verb

    (head)
  • (harden)
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    harden

    English

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To become hard (tough, resistant to pressure).
  • (ergative) To make something hard or harder (tough, resistant to pressure).
  • (dated) To become or make a person or thing resistant or less sensitive.
  • When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go. — KJV, Exodus 4:21

    Derived terms

    * harden someone's heart

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