verb \ˈhēd\

: to pay attention to (advice, a warning, etc.)

Full Definition of HEED

intransitive verb
:  to pay attention
transitive verb
:  to give consideration or attention to :  mind <heed what he says> <heed the call>

Examples of HEED

  1. She failed to heed the warnings.
  2. <if we had heeded the ranger's advice, we might not have gotten lost>
  3. It may be possible to desensitize a cat to being petted for extended periods. … A safer solution is to consistently limit petting time, and to heed the cat's cues that she's had enough. —Cat Watch, August 2008

Origin of HEED

Middle English, from Old English hēdan; akin to Old High German huota guard, Old English hōd hood
First Known Use: before 12th century


noun \ˈhēd\

: attention or notice

Full Definition of HEED

Examples of HEED

  1. <took heed of the student's learning disability so as to arrive at reasonable expectations for him>
  2. <pay heed to what you're doing with that knife while you're talking>
  3. Neither the British ministry nor the British Parliament welcomed American voices in determining policy in 1763, or ever. The British government paid little heed to the public press on either side of the water. —Edmund S. Morgan, New York Review of Books, 16 Nov. 2006

Origin of HEED

(see 1heed)
First Known Use: 14th century


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