\ 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


\ ˈhēd How to pronounce heed (audio) \

Definition of heed (Entry 2 of 2)

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His comments may come as a disappointment to the Biden administration, after the UAE ambassador to Washington suggested earlier this month that OPEC+ should heed calls to pump more crude. Anthony Di Paola, Bloomberg.com, 28 Mar. 2022 And anyone who remembers Papyrus greeting card stores should heed its rapid-expansion lesson, which led to its decision to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and shutter all 254 locations in 2020. Bryan Pearson, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 The Supreme Court justices said a lower court should heed a recent decision in which New York places of worship sued to undo Gov. Andrew Cuomo's restrictions. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, 13 Mar. 2021 But the company didn't heed his request, and Berling suffered a panic attack, the Courier Journal reported. Chron, 17 Apr. 2022 Ryabkov insisted, however, that there can’t be any meaningful talks on those issues if the West doesn’t heed the main Russian requests for the non-expansion of NATO with a formal response. Matthew Lee And Aamer Madhani, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Jan. 2022 But those resolutions are non-binding, and executives don’t always heed them. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 29 Mar. 2022 About 75 homes were impacted but many residents chose not to heed the order, Monterey County officials said. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 23 Jan. 2022 Ryabkov insisted, however, that there can’t be any meaningful talks on those issues if the West doesn’t heed the main Russian requests for the non-expansion of NATO with a formal response. Matthew Lee And Aamer Madhani, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Morning voters should take heed: Mike Ryan, meteorologist with NWS Indianapolis, said the best chance for thunderstorms will be from 6-10 a.m. The Indianapolis Star, 3 May 2022 Central bank members continue to voice a belief that the Franc is deviating from fundamentals, but the market pays little heed. John Kicklighter, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 People were out Friday strolling through the city’s wooded parks, little heed was paid to the occasional air-raid siren, and liquor sales were permitted again, the fast-emptying shelves attesting to considerable demand. Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2022 The mayor’s fund-raising methods have, in the past, tested the boundaries of campaign-finance and law, and the hiring has amplified concerns that Mayor Adams pays too little heed to ethics. New York Times, 12 Jan. 2022 Additionally, the country pays no heed to training beyond textbooks. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 23 Dec. 2021 No Republicans joined as co-sponsors, while moderate Democrats paid little heed to the legislation. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 18 Mar. 2022 Boris Vishnevsky, a member of the St. Petersburg legislature with the liberal Yabloko party, says that even independent Russian media has paid scant heed to their appeal for peace. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Feb. 2022 With Friday’s game on the line at Vivint Arena, Walker paid heed to neither moniker. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of heed


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


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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More Definitions for heed


\ ˈhēd How to pronounce heed (audio) \
heeded; heeding

Kids Definition of heed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to pay attention to : mind Heed my warning.



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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