hearken to

hearken back to (something)

1. To recall or remind one of something in the past. ("Hearken" is actually an archaic word meaning "to listen," but it is more commonly used in place "hark" for this idiomatic phrase in contemporary English.) That song hearkens back to an earlier time in my life. The diner is clearly trying to hearken back to the aesthetics of the early 1950s.
2. To have originated or begun as something. You know, our modern cell phones hearken back to those old rotary phones you like to make fun of.
3. To revisit or think again about something mentioned earlier. Before we get too upset, let's all hearken back to the real reason we're here today.
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hearken to (someone or something)

To listen closely or attentively to something. Edgar, hearken to that sound—I think someone's coming!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

hearken to someone or something

Formal or stilted to listen to someone or something; to pay attention to someone or something. Please hearken to me. I speak the truth. Hearken to the call of the nightingale.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Now that the heavy lifting is behind him, Mays is setting the tone for the Fords of the future, even though some of these hearken to the past.
'It is better we hearken to the voice of peace and boast of a better future than shut our ears to it today and regret such actions tomorrow,' she said.
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The party said: 'The teachings by the holy prophet is that the Eid-el-Kabir afford us the opportunity to share the love with all including the less privileged, which are core basis towards a better society and we must hearken to them jealously.'
'I have received calls from different groups and individuals in this our local government and that is why I have decided to hearken to their calls to represent them at the state house of assembly,' he said.