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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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  • He almost forgot where he was; he did not heed the lapse of time.

    The Day of Judgment Joseph Hocking
  • Burke, however, as usual, paid no heed to the niceties of sentiment.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Nature, indeed, pays no heed to birth or condition in bestowing her favors.

    Slavery William E. Channing
  • He did not heed her warning, but drew her into the shadow and held her tightly to him.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • Freeman sternly ordered her to be quiet, but she did not heed him.

    Twelve Years a Slave Solomon Northup
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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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