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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyhark back to
he/she/itharks back to
present participleharking back to
past tenseharked back to
past participleharked back to
  1. hark back to something to remember or talk about something that happened in the past

    They always hark back to what they call the ‘good old days’.

    1. a.
      to be similar to something from the past

      The style of dress harks back to the 1950s.

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a rise in the level of a stream or river

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