heed

verb
\ ˈhēd \
heeded; heeding; heeds

Definition of heed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to pay attention

transitive verb

: to give consideration or attention to : mind heed what he says heed the call

heed

noun
\ ˈhēd \

Definition of heed (Entry 2 of 2)

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Examples of heed in a Sentence

Verb

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 In-line skating is not for everyone, and even those for whom it is ideally suited can skate into trouble, especially if they fail to heed safety precautions. — Jane E. Brody, New York Times, 2 May 1991 However, he should heed an axiom from the pretelevision age: physician, heal thyself. — George F. Will, Newsweek, 17 Mar. 1986 She failed to heed the warnings. if we had heeded the ranger's advice, we might not have gotten lost

Noun

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 She retrained as a doctor and it was through her pioneering research with cancer patients in the early 1960s (she showed how narcotics could be used without adverse effect) that the medical profession began to take heed. — Kate Kellaway, Prospect, January 2003 Imagine swimming along with playful seals and then diving down to see such rarities as batfish.  … Fleets of hammerhead sharks pay divers no heed, nor do the penguins move out of the way. Town & Country, January 1983 took heed of the student's learning disability so as to arrive at reasonable expectations for him pay heed to what you're doing with that knife while you're talking
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An analysis by the Journal of more than 95,000 transactions on Grabr’s site suggests many travelers don’t heed that advice. Andrea Fuller, WSJ, "Travelers Profit by Skirting Customs When Using Delivery Apps," 29 Oct. 2018 We're told that surprisingly few holdouts had to be dealt with, that most did heed warnings to clear out. Fox News, "Kennedy: Kavanaugh is firm that allegation didn't happen," 18 Sep. 2018 Multiple lawsuits have alleged that a family the shooter had been staying with did not restrict his access to firearms and investigators have said the shooter’s late mother didn’t heed warnings that her son should not have access to guns. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Two Parents Are Facing Charges After Their Son's Friend Accidentally Fatally Shot Himself With Their Gun," 13 Aug. 2018 But many homes, with their sometimes-skeletal medical staffing, often fail to handle post-hospital complications or create new problems by not heeding or receiving accurate hospital and physician instructions. Jordan Rau, chicagotribune.com, "Medicare takes aim at boomerang hospitalizations of nursing home patients," 22 June 2018 However, the government appears not to have heeded his call, with Home Secretary Sajid Javid announcing a review into potential medical benefits of marijuana, but saying that there will be no reclassification or legalization for recreational use. Siobhan Morrin, Time, "Why a Top Conservative Politician Is Calling for Marijuana to Be Legalized in the U.K.," 19 June 2018 McCain and then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, R-Nev., asked then-president Barack Obama to issue the pardon but their call was not heeded. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, USA TODAY, "McCain: Trump's pardon of boxing legend Jack Johnson closes 'shameful chapter' in history," 24 May 2018 These new documents show clearly that Facebook failed to heed their consent decree agreement and basic standards of privacy. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Facebook fends off new anti-monopoly questions after UK email release," 5 Dec. 2018 No injuries were reported as most residents heeded advice to leave. Washington Post, "Hawaii volcano lava destroys hundreds of homes overnight," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The frustration comes from reading between the lines, and paying heed to some characters who were cast for this season. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Walking Dead’s fresh start looks like a big step back," 12 Nov. 2018 Even the French have taken heed: famed wine family Taittinger planted its first vines in Chilham last year and English sparkling wine secured more gold medals than Champagne at the 2018 Sommelier Wine Awards. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "Kent Is Poised to Be the U.K.'s Napa Valley," 14 Sep. 2018 Before picking up your own new timepiece, take heed of Moore's shopping tips. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Mandy Moore Used to Walk by Fossil Stores in the Mall, Now She's The Face of the Brand," 10 Sep. 2018 The excitement within the Democratic Party about these new voices and faces is immense, and party leaders would do well to take heed; the future of the party may very well rest in the hands of young women of color. Melissa Deckman, Vox, "Will young women of color shape the Democratic Party?," 23 Aug. 2018 Judging by the stout defence that Mexico displayed as the game progressed, Osorio's players took heed of his message. SI.com, "Mexico Boss Juan Carlos Osorio is Building Back the Trust of El Tri's Fans," 19 June 2018 Boskin, an advisor in George H.W. Bush’s administration, is certainly no regulatory zealot, so Silicon Valley should take heed of his prediction. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Why Big Tech Will Dominate Policy Debates for Decades," 30 Apr. 2018 But the hurry to embrace industry means little heed was paid to the economics and now firms fall by the wayside. Time, "The Trouble with Sharing: China's Bike Fever Has Reached Saturation Point," 2 Apr. 2018 Much of official Washington had paid little heed when the provision with the law was passed, expecting the list to be shelved and forgotten as soon as it was released, as such reports often are. Gardiner Harris, New York Times, "Coming U.S. List of Oligarchs Linked to Putin Alarms Russia’s Rich," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of heed

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heed

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Old English hēdan; akin to Old High German huota guard, Old English hōd hood

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heed

verb

English Language Learners Definition of heed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

heed

noun

English Language Learners Definition of heed (Entry 2 of 2)

: attention or notice

heed

verb
\ ˈhēd \
heeded; heeding

Kids Definition of heed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to pay attention to : mind Heed my warning.

heed

noun

Kids Definition of heed (Entry 2 of 2)

: attention sense 1 The wild dogs had been to the house … and he had paid no heed to them.— Scott O'Dell, Island of the Blue Dolphins

Other Words from heed

heedful adjective

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