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verb (used with object)
  1. to give careful attention to: He did not heed the warning.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to give attention; have regard.
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  1. careful attention; notice; observation (usually with give or take).
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Origin of heed

before 900; Middle English heden, Old English hēdan; cognate with German hüten to guard, protect; akin to hood1
Related formsheed·er, nounun·heed·ed, adjectiveun·heed·ed·ly, adverbun·heed·ing, adjectiveun·heed·ing·ly, adverb

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Related Words for heeded

observe, hear, obey, listen, note, dig, hark, consider, attend, sit, spot, regard, mind, mark, watch, see, hearken, catch, follow, baby-sit

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Contemporary Examples of heeded

Historical Examples of heeded

  • The word "ought" was not heeded at Constantinople, but the word "must" was understood fully there.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • I heeded not the gay smiles and free merriment of those around me.

  • But Mirandy, pouring her batter into the pan, heeded him no more than was her wont.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • Theodora heeded him not, for she was absorbed in the ideas that crowded upon her mind.

    Gomez Arias

    Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso

  • And, like him, I heeded not the menace of the things I had witnessed.

British Dictionary definitions for heeded


  1. close and careful attention; notice (often in the phrases give, pay, or take heed)
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  1. to pay close attention to (someone or something)
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Derived Formsheeder, nounheedful, adjectiveheedfully, adverbheedfulness, noun

Word Origin for heed

Old English hēdan; related to Old Saxon hōdian, Old High German huoten
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Word Origin and History for heeded



"attention, notice, regard," early 14c., apparently from heed (v.). Survives only in literal use and as the object of verbs (take heed, etc.).

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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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