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heed

verb \ ˈhēd \

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 in a Sentence

  1. 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 WatchAugust 2008
  2. 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. BrodyNew York Times2 May 1991
  3. However, he should heed an axiom from the pretelevision age: physician, heal thyself. —George F. WillNewsweek17 Mar. 1986
  4. She failed to heed the warnings.

  5. if we had heeded the ranger's advice, we might not have gotten lost

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Origin and Etymology of heed

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

heed Synonyms

Synonyms
follow, listen (to), mind, note, observe, regard, watch
Antonyms
disregard, ignore, tune out
Related Words
consider, contemplate, mull, ponder, weigh; comply (with), conform (to), keep, obey, respect; attend (to), hark (to), hear, hearken (to); mark, notice, see
Near Antonyms
brush (aside or off), discount, dismiss, gloss (over), gloze (over), neglect, pass over, pooh-pooh (also pooh), scorn, shrug off; defy, flout; slight, snub

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heed

noun \ ˈhēd \

Definition of heed

Examples of heed in a Sentence

  1. 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. MorganNew York Review of Books16 Nov. 2006
  2. 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 KellawayProspectJanuary 2003
  3. 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 & CountryJanuary 1983
  4. took heed of the student's learning disability so as to arrive at reasonable expectations for him

  5. pay heed to what you're doing with that knife while you're talking

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Origin and Etymology of heed

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HEED Defined for English Language Learners

heed

verb

Definition of heed for English Language Learners

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


heed

noun

Definition of heed for English Language Learners

  • : attention or notice


HEED Defined for Kids

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heed

verb \ ˈhēd \

Definition of heed for Students

heeded; heeding
:to pay attention to :mind
  • Heed my warning.

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heed

noun

Definition of heed for Students

:attention 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

heedful

adjective


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