heed

verb
\ ˈhēd How to pronounce heed (audio) \
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 How to pronounce heed (audio) \

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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On the digital frontier, the administration needs to heed the semiconductor industry’s warning against agreeing to large Chinese purchases of U.S. chips as part of a trade deal. Christopher R. O'dea, National Review, "How China Weaponized the Global Supply Chain," 20 June 2019 Still, many people refuse to heed doctors’ warnings. Tatiana Boncompagni, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside Hollywood's Dangerous Anti-Aging Secret," 21 May 2019 So with pressure to heed to the president’s demands, the House passed a different funding bill Thursday, with only Republican support, that included $5.7 billion for the wall, that is stuck in the Senate. Tara Golshan, Vox, "This could be a really long government shutdown," 21 Dec. 2018 For a financial hub facing the twin threats of an acrimonious Brexit and a hard-left government, that is a lesson worth heeding. The Economist, "London’s reign as the world’s capital of capital is at risk," 29 June 2019 Elliott and Starboard, which aren’t working in concert, are considered two of the most aggressive activist investors and both have shown a willingness to launch proxy fights for board seats at companies that don’t heed their suggestions. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Starboard, Elliott Management Call on eBay to Shed StubHub, Classifieds," 22 Jan. 2019 Weimer's parents, Jim and Alice Mitchell, didn't heed a voluntary evacuation warning and had decided to stay home Monday to celebrate her father's 89th birthday. Marcio Jose Sanchez And Amanda Lee Myers, Houston Chronicle, "Death toll hits 15 in California mudslides; 24 missing," 10 Jan. 2018 There are legitimate debates to be had over Trump’s foreign policy, but the view of the GOP leadership has long been clear: Mattis’s views on foreign policy should be heeded. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Trump endangers America because congressional Republicans let him," 21 Dec. 2018 The giant predators were removed from protection in the park last year by the Trump administration’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, after requests to do so weren’t quickly heeded by the Obama administration. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Grizzly Hunt Is Scratched in Wyoming and Fur Flies Over Bear Population," 26 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At the same time, the suit alleges, Valentine released JC from his administrative segregation cell, and did not pay heed to the fact that JC was deemed to be at risk of attacking other inmates. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Contra Costa sheriff settles jail beating lawsuit for $90,000," 12 June 2019 Needless to say, this electric Silver Arrow pays no heed to practical considerations. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Mercedes’ EQ Silver Arrow blends classic design with electric superpowers," 3 Oct. 2018 The show's 16-time host Reba McEntire also took heed of the nonexistent girl power and had a few things to say about it for the sake of her fellow female country artists. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Reba McEntire Says She's Not 'Very Happy' With the Controversial ACM Nominations," 21 Feb. 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce heed (audio) \
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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