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[heed] /hid/
verb (used with object)
to give careful attention to:
He did not heed the warning.
verb (used without object)
to give attention; have regard.
careful attention; notice; observation (usually with give or take).
Origin of heed
before 900; Middle English heden, Old English hēdan; cognate with German hüten to guard, protect; akin to hood1
Related forms
heeder, noun
unheeded, adjective
unheededly, adverb
unheeding, adjective
unheedingly, adverb
1. note, observe, consider, mark. 3. consideration, care; caution, vigilance, watchfulness.
1. disregard, ignore. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for heed
  • She urges him to reconsider his priorities, but he is always too busy to heed her advice.
  • After some back-and-forth, I finally decided to heed this advice.
  • Innovators who aim to create a world of cheap, clean energy should heed some basic lessons.
  • When the driver refused to heed the plea, Bergh blocked his path, causing a massive traffic jam.
  • Some of those around him did not heed that warning.
  • Regardless of the market's state, companies will need to heed such thoughtful advice in the face of rapid-fire economic changes.
  • Chipmunks heed the same call to hoard, hide and hibernate.
  • Those with weak stomachs should take heed.
  • Too bad they didn't heed warnings that their drilling operations were moving too close to populated areas.
  • But before it reached him, the ball hit the edge of a boulder and hopped over the shortstop's heed.
British Dictionary definitions for heed


close and careful attention; notice (often in the phrases give, pay, or take heed)
to pay close attention to (someone or something)
Derived Forms
heeder, noun
heedful, adjective
heedfully, adverb
heedfulness, noun
Word Origin
Old English hēdan; related to Old Saxon hōdian, Old High German huoten
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Word Origin and History for heed

Old English hedan "to heed, observe; to take care, attend," from West Germanic *hodjan (cf. Old Saxon hodian, Old Frisian hoda, Middle Dutch and Dutch hoeden, Old High German huotan, German hüten "to guard, watch"), from PIE *kadh- "to shelter, cover" (see hat). Related: Heeded; heeding.


"attention, notice, regard," early 14c., apparently from heed (v.). Survives only in literal use and as the object of verbs (take heed, etc.).

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