- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for heed on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for heeded
Judging by the frustration of U.S. officials attempting to track ISIS, the militants appear to have heeded that call.ISIS Keeps Getting Better at Dodging U.S. Spies
Shane Harris, Noah Shachtman
November 14, 2014
A day earlier Cameron had written that the lessons of the Second World War should be heeded.Tony Blair Tells Europe to Quit Begging the U.S. for Help
July 21, 2014
Now the question is whether or not that warning will be heeded.Two Blockbuster New Reports on Settlements
October 21, 2013
Barack Obama, I was relieved to see, heeded my words from yesterday.Ryan: No Juice
March 13, 2013
God says that the people knew that they would not be heeded.For Shame
July 12, 2012
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.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
But Mirandy, pouring her batter into the pan, heeded him no more than was her wont.Meadow Grass
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.Wanderer of Infinity
- 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 heeded
"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.