- 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 unheeding
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
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.The Nigger Of The "Narcissus"
- 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 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.