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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 heeded
  • These tools undoubtedly could help you take care of yourself better, yet there are some caveats that also need to be heeded.
  • Thousands are said to have heeded the call, evacuating beaches and shorelines as they fled to higher ground.
  • Those residents who did leave were glad they had heeded orders, despite the inconvenience.
  • He asked to be cremated, but his wish was not heeded.
  • Now it seems to have heeded its own advice so well that it has a surfeit of talent.
  • Despite promises to protect the anonymity of those who come forward, few have heeded the call.
  • Unfortunately it is a warning that is not being heeded.
  • But his appeals to let the full facts come to light first may not be heeded.
  • It would be wonderful if nobody heeded their noxious messages.
  • The new ban, with only vague provisions on penalties for smokers or public venues that tolerate them, is barely being heeded.
British Dictionary definitions for heeded


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 heeded



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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