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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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Examples from the Web for unheeding
Historical Examples
  • The forces hover on the edge of action, unheeding the little noises.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • And the man was unheeding, impatient with her demonstrations.

    Wanderer of Infinity Harl Vincent
  • I could not bring myself to ask for payment, and the crowd passed on, unheeding me.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • "Then this is how I stand," cut in Garrison steadily, unheeding the advice.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • Old Singleton, lost in the serene regions of fiction, read on unheeding.

  • "I am the honester of the two," she goes on, rapidly, unheeding his anger.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • He is not content till his grievance is published to the unheeding world.

    By the Christmas Fire

    Samuel McChord Crothers
  • John recognised Bateese at once; but Bateese, after a glance, went by unheeding.

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • That was the lightest of them, but, unheeding Andrea swam on.

  • And, unheeding her protest, he marched off with a bird-cage and a big band-box.

    Under Fire Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for unheeding


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 unheeding



"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.

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