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heed

[heed] /hid/
verb (used with object)
1.
to give careful attention to:
He did not heed the warning.
verb (used without object)
2.
to give attention; have regard.
noun
3.
careful attention; notice; observation (usually with give or take).
Origin of heed
900
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
Synonyms
1. note, observe, consider, mark. 3. consideration, care; caution, vigilance, watchfulness.
Antonyms
1. disregard, ignore.
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  • But she could have heeded him no less if he had been invisible.

    Whilomville Stories Stephen Crane
  • The word "ought" was not heeded at Constantinople, but the word "must" was understood fully there.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • Formerly I had cared but for the passing hour, nor heeded for to-morrow.

  • But Mirandy, pouring her batter into the pan, heeded him no more than was her wont.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • But he heeded me not in the least only that he appeared to be muttering to himself.

    A Tale of the Kloster Brother Jabez
British Dictionary definitions for heeded

heed

/hiːd/
noun
1.
close and careful attention; notice (often in the phrases give, pay, or take heed)
verb
2.
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

heed

v.

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.

n.

"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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