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Hearken, 1) intr. a) to listen, to prick up the ears: “to h. if his foes pursue him still,” Ven. 699. “h., sir,” Gent. II, 1, 178. “would draw heaven down and all the gods to h.” Per. I, 1, 83. With for: “she --s for his hounds and for his horn,” Ven. 868 (pricks her ears to hear). With to, == to listen: “to h. once again to the suit,” Tp. III, 2, 44. Mids. V, 241 (Q1 listen). Per. IV, 2, 107. With after, in Costard's language, == to listen to, to follow the dictates of: “to h. after the flesh,” LLL I, 1, 219. cf. R3 I, 1, 54.
b) to inquire, to ask about; with after: “h. after their offence,” Ado V, 1, 216. “he --s after prophecies and dreams,” R3 I, 1, 54. cf. LLL I, 1, 219.
c) to be on the alert, to lie in wait; with for: “the youngest daughter whom you h. for,” Shr. I, 2, 260 (whom you desire to gain). “said I --ed for your death,” H4A V, 4, 52. Absol.: “old Gremio is --ing still,” Shr. IV, 4, 53 (is still watching his opportunity).
2) trans. to listen to“: this king of Naples --s my brother's suit,” Tp. I, 2, 122. “h. the end,” H4B II, 4, 303 (Doll Tearsheet's speech; == listen to the end of the piece of music? or wait, and judge when all is done? Q h. a' th end.
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