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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).
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Origin of heed

before 900; Middle English heden,Old English h膿dan; cognate with German h眉ten to guard, protect; akin to hood1


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What does聽heed mean?

To heed something is to listen to it, pay careful attention to it, or otherwise observe or acknowledge it in some way鈥攁nd often to take action on it.

To heed a warning is to listen to it and do what it says to do (or not do what it says not to do). To heed a request is honor it鈥攖o do what is requested. To heed calls for reform is to acknowledge them, and, sometimes, to actually follow through and make reforms.

Heed can also be used as a noun meaning careful attention or observation. It鈥檚 most often used in the phrases take heed, give heed, and pay heed, which all mean to listen or pay attention, as in Take heed to what he says, for he is very wise. To pay no heed to someone is to disregard or ignore them.

The adjective unheeded means disregarded, despite having been heard or noted. An unheeded warning is one that has been ignored.

Example: I should have heeded your warnings, but instead I ignored them.

Where does聽heed come from?

The first records of the word heed come from before 900. It comes from the Old English word h膿dan, which is related to the German h眉ten, meaning 鈥渢o guard鈥 or 鈥渢o protect.鈥

Today, heed can sometimes sound old-fashioned, and terms like pay attention to or listen to are more commonly used. But heed packs a lot of meaning into just four letters, since it usually means 鈥減ay attention to and then act on.鈥 Perhaps because of this and how short it is, heed is often used in news headlines, as in Governor heeds calls for tax reform or Residents urged to heed evacuation order.

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What are some other forms related to heed?

  • heeder (noun)
  • heedful (adjective)
  • heedfulness (noun)

What are some synonyms for heed?

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How is聽heed used in real life?

Heed is especially used in the context of warnings, advice, requests, and calls for some kind of action.



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Which of the following terms is NOT a synonym of heed?

A. disregard
B. listen to
C. note
D. pay attention to

How to use heed in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for heed

/ (hi藧d) /

close and careful attention; notice (often in the phrases give, pay, or take heed)
to pay close attention to (someone or something)

Derived forms of heed

heeder, nounheedful, adjectiveheedfully, adverbheedfulness, noun

Word Origin for heed

Old English h膿dan; related to Old Saxon h艒dian, Old High German huoten
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