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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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Examples from the Web for heed
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  • Voices sounded in the hall, but he gave no heed to the meaning of all this.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Burke, however, as usual, paid no heed to the niceties of sentiment.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • To be successful a man need take no heed for his own particular future.

  • John did not pay any heed to his mother's scowls and remonstrances.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for heed

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 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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