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verb (used without object)
  1. to give attention; have regard.
  1. careful attention; notice; observation (usually with give or take).

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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Examples from the Web for unheeding

Historical Examples of unheeding

  • The forces hover on the edge of action, unheeding the little noises.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

  • And the man was unheeding, impatient with her demonstrations.

  • I could not bring myself to ask for payment, and the crowd passed on, unheeding me.

    Sir Jasper Carew

    Charles James Lever

  • "Then this is how I stand," cut in Garrison steadily, unheeding the advice.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

  • Old Singleton, lost in the serene regions of fiction, read on unheeding.

British Dictionary definitions for unheeding


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



"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.

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