- 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 heeder
Like the tree, they never change till the heeder, Death, fells them.
- 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 heeder
"attention, notice, regard," early 14c., apparently from heed (v.). Survives only in literal use and as the object of verbs (take heed, etc.).
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.