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 ).

before 900; Middle English heden, Old English hēdan; cognate with German hüten to guard, protect; akin to hood1

heeder, noun
unheeded, adjective
unheededly, adverb
unheeding, adjective
unheedingly, adverb

1. note, observe, consider, mark. 3. consideration, care; caution, vigilance, watchfulness.

1. disregard, ignore.
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heed (hiːd)
1.  close and careful attention; notice (often in the phrases give, pay,ortake heed)
2.  to pay close attention to (someone or something)
[Old English hēdan; related to Old Saxon hōdian, Old High German huoten]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hedan "to take care, attend," from W.Gmc. *hodjan (cf. OS. hodian, O.Fris. hoda, Ger. hüten "to guard, watch"). Survives only in lit. use and as the object of verbs (take heed, etc.). Probably related to O.E. hod "hood" through a sense of "guard." Heedless "without regard" is from 1579.
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Example sentences
The confluence of political uncertainty in the region early in the next decade
  makes such advice worth heeding.
Some public employees may yet wait awhile to see which way the wind is blowing
  before heeding the calls to return to work.
In many instances, the unit discovers that recipients only need direction and
  instruction on heeding laws and policies.
Heeding the advice below could prevent additional tragedies.
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