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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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  • This was the commanding verdict of the people, and it will not be unheeded.

  • Though her presence was altogether an intrusion, it was unheeded.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • She sat there and thought, and the wind still struck upon her unheeded.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • His spectacles fell from his nose into his lap and lay there unheeded.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Mr. Ginn, who seemed a trifle suspicious, called after him, but the call was unheeded.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He stood in thought whilst, unheeded by him, Arsenio prattled at his elbow.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • Either O'Rorke, however, did not understand the gesture, or he unheeded it.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • The hours swam on unheeded, while they rested there face to face.

    The Man Who Wins Robert Herrick
  • McCloud put up his hand in protest, but it was 118 unheeded.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
British Dictionary definitions for unheeded


noticed or heard but disregarded


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 unheeded

1610s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of heed.



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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