verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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What does heed mean?
To heed something is to listen to it, pay careful attention to it, or otherwise observe or acknowledge it in some way—and 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—to 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’s 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 heed come from?
The first records of the word heed come from before 900. It comes from the Old English word hēdan, which is related to the German hüten, meaning “to guard” or “to protect.”
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 “pay attention to and then act on.” 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)
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How is 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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— Hurricane Hunters (@53rdWRS) September 14, 2020
How should museums serve the public? Are museums heeding calls for diversity? National Gallery of Art director Kaywin Feldman and Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson answer these questions and more https://t.co/Ib0hPGpVmD
— ARTnews (@artnews) July 2, 2019
Tax bills can swell or shrink based on how well people heed the fine-print rules of their retirement accounts https://t.co/M47UykLj8u
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) August 30, 2019
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Which of the following terms is NOT a synonym of heed?
B. listen to
D. pay attention to
Example sentences from the Web for heed
When it comes to educating our children, Congress should heed that message, not ignore it.The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future|Jonah Edelman|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But now, Obama should heed his call for a ‘service year’ and get on board.It’s Time for Obama to Heed McChrystal’s Call for the ‘Service Year’|Jonathan Alter|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
TMZ should show some decency and heed the plea Krizya Fuqua.TMZ Makes Tragedy Porn Out of Tracy Morgan’s Gruesome Car Accident|Dean Obeidallah|June 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Failing that, Hillary Clinton should heed his findings about wealth and inequality—and take on the crisis head on.Real Vs. Republican Populism: How to Win the War on Inequality|Michael Tomasky|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I texted him that I would heed his advice and schedule an appointment with the specialist.
The man that giveth heed to lying visions, is like to him that catcheth at a shadow, and followeth after the wind.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
But she was young enough and pretty enough to pay little heed to pose or background.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
She waved a dissenting hand, and went on, paying no further heed to their renewed cries which sought to detain her.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
He gave little heed to the play; his thoughts were elsewhere, and, while they rambled, his eyes wandered round the house.Confidence|Henry James
Do not heed the Governor-Generalʼs decree, calling you to arms, even though it cost you your lives.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman