- to give careful attention to: He did not heed the warning.
- to give attention; have regard.
- careful attention; notice; observation (usually with give or take).
Origin of heed
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Examples from the Web for heed
When it comes to educating our children, Congress should heed that message, not ignore it.The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future
January 3, 2015
But now, Obama should heed his call for a ‘service year’ and get on board.It’s Time for Obama to Heed McChrystal’s Call for the ‘Service Year’
June 23, 2014
TMZ should show some decency and heed the plea Krizya Fuqua.TMZ Makes Tragedy Porn Out of Tracy Morgan’s Gruesome Car Accident
June 12, 2014
Failing that, Hillary Clinton should heed his findings about wealth and inequality—and take on the crisis head on.Real Vs. Republican Populism: How to Win the War on Inequality
April 16, 2014
Evidently, they gave no heed to the political effects such lies would have in the West.Cut the Baloney on Ukraine
Leslie H. Gelb
March 9, 2014
Voices sounded in the hall, but he gave no heed to the meaning of all this.Way of the Lawless
Burke, however, as usual, paid no heed to the niceties of sentiment.Within the Law
To be successful a man need take no heed for his own particular future.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
John did not pay any heed to his mother's scowls and remonstrances.
He did not heed her warning, but drew her into the shadow and held her tightly to him.
- close and careful attention; notice (often in the phrases give, pay, or take heed)
- to pay close attention to (someone or something)
Word Origin and History for heed
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.).