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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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  • The confluence of political uncertainty in the region early in the next decade makes such advice worth heeding.
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  • Citizens can do their part to help reduce air pollution by heeding air advisories and burn bans that are issued for the area.
  • Researchers are responsible for ascertaining and heeding copyright and other restrictions affecting items reproduced.
  • Residents are staying safe because they are heeding warnings, staying alert and helping their neighbors.
  • We would all be better off heeding the advice of our parents and grandparents.
  • If you plan to make a charitable donation, make it wisely by heeding some basic advice.
British Dictionary definitions for heeding


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 heeding



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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