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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Faith, 'tis nothing of the kind, Wilks," interrupted Coristine; but the dominie went on unheeding.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • All unheeding the rest of the world, they were sitting at the foot of the cherry tree.

  • unheeding him, the girl stumbled through the darkness, the rain beating down upon her.

    The Wall Between Sara Ware Bassett
  • The forces hover on the edge of action, unheeding the little noises.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • She passed Old Maggie unheeding, severe respectability in every line of her figure, every nod of her purple plumes.

    Love Stories Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I could not bring myself to ask for payment, and the crowd passed on, unheeding me.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
  • "It is only father's way," began Sue, distressed; but her sister continued, unheeding.

    Leonore Stubbs L. B. Walford
  • "Then this is how I stand," cut in Garrison steadily, unheeding the advice.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • "Perhaps that is true of all Anglo-Saxons," she went on, unheeding.

    Why Joan? Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  • He is not content till his grievance is published to the unheeding world.

    By the Christmas Fire Samuel McChord Crothers
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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