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heed

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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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noun
  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

discarded, neglected, overlooked, rejected, unnoticed, unconsidered, ignored, slighted, unobserved

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British Dictionary definitions for unheeded

unheeded

adjective
  1. noticed or heard but disregarded
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heed

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

Word Origin

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

adj.

1610s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of heed.

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heed

n.

"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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heed

v.

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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