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verb (used with object)
  1. to give careful attention to: He did not heed the warning.

verb (used without object)
  1. to give attention; have regard.

  1. careful attention; notice; observation (usually with give or take).

Origin of heed

First recorded before 900; Middle English heden, Old English hēdan; cognate with German hüten “to guard, protect”; akin to hood1

Other words for heed

Opposites for heed

Other words from heed

  • heeder, noun
  • un·heed·ed, adjective
  • un·heed·ed·ly, adverb
  • un·heed·ing, adjective
  • un·heed·ing·ly, adverb

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How to use heed in a sentence

  • He had "chains on," and came "shaking his chains" at the Greek scholar, who heeded him not, but went on with his studies.

  • The putrid flesh came away with the garments, but the drunkards never heeded.

    The Chequers | James Runciman
  • She saw the old life closing in on her, and hardly heeded his fanciful picture of renewal.

    Summer | Edith Wharton
  • He never heeded it, but others in the room turned at the sound, and a hush fell in the chamber.

    Mistress Wilding | Rafael Sabatini
  • From the benches came countless curses and jeers—Frankish and Arabic; he heeded none.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis

British Dictionary definitions for heed


/ (hiːd) /

  1. close and careful attention; notice (often in the phrases give, pay, or take heed)

  1. to pay close attention to (someone or something)

Origin of heed

Old English hēdan; related to Old Saxon hōdian, Old High German huoten

Derived forms of heed

  • heeder, noun
  • heedful, adjective
  • heedfully, adverb
  • heedfulness, noun

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