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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As deaths mount and the fight against the virus continues, lawmakers, manufacturers and others say it’s time for the U.S. to heed the years of warnings and develop the ability to respond more quickly in the future. Dinah Voyles Pulver, USA TODAY, "Despite warnings, the US wasn’t prepared with masks for coronavirus. Now it’s too late.," 1 July 2020 The discord that has Americans divided on whether to heed medical experts and scientists leaves little room for hopes of a turnaround until a vaccine is developed and widely distributed, hopefully early next year, Kelly said. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "There's no stopping COVID-19, JPMorgan's top investment guru thinks," 29 June 2020 When the Korean government failed to heed to that demand, China banned Korean entertainment and entertainers, leading many Korean companies to see their share prices to dip more than 15% within a month of those retaliatory actions. Hye Jin Lee, The Conversation, "Rethinking the K-pop industry’s silence during the Black Lives Matter movement," 26 June 2020 In a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the leaders of six parliamentary committees that set up the assembly noted the public’s willingness to heed government advice and act collectively to fight a deadly virus. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "Lockdown lessons offer hope for climate change activists," 24 June 2020 Given the truly unprecedented level of monetary policy support fueling financial markets, some commentators have suggested traders should heed different measures to value equities to incorporate central bank largesse. Cormac Mullen, Fortune, "‘Everything is expensive’ rally drives stocks to record valuations," 23 June 2020 County public health officials at a Wednesday news briefing urged individuals to wear masks, avoid groups of 10 or more, stay six feet away from others and heed other health precautions to slow the rising spread of COVID-19. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "Record high 1,654 new cases reported on Friday as state reassures public about hospital capacity," 12 June 2020 Protesters refused to heed instructions from U.K. health officials who pleaded with people not to congregate in large groups because of the risk of spreading the coronavirus. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "'Disgusting': Churchill statue in London vandalized during George Floyd protest on anniversary of D-Day," 6 June 2020 Encouragingly, fighters in more than a dozen countries seemed to heed his call. The Economist, "Horsemen of the apocalypse Covid-19 raises the risks of violent conflict," 18 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the example is there, and perhaps more and more states will gradually take heed. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Massachusetts is an exception to America's coronavirus failure," 2 July 2020 Texas Children's officials urged all Texans to take heed of COVID-19 precautions. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Texas Children's Hospital now admitting adult patients due to COVID-19 spike in Houston," 23 June 2020 While an increase in cases may be caused for multiple reasons, Monto said states should take heed and take preventative measures to prevent a major outbreak. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Why are states seeing a sudden increase in coronavirus cases? Experts have more than one answer," 11 June 2020 Ayton was starting to take heed to that, but was still working on his 3-point shot after practice. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns in Orlando: Should Deandre Ayton become No. 1 option?," 10 June 2020 Other schools have more modest plans for paying heed to tradition. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Amid crisis, class of 2020 struggles to keep semblance of graduation traditions," 1 June 2020 Researchers usually pay them little heed, dismissing them as insignificant outliers. Quanta Magazine, "Out-of-Sync ‘Loners’ May Secretly Protect Orderly Swarms," 21 May 2020 The post urgently implored recipients to take heed. Robert Anglen, azcentral, "Fake social media posts incite fear of suburban marauders, rape and murder across the U.S.," 4 June 2020 Those who seek to unseat President Trump in the next election should take heed. Maurice Samuels, Time, "Conspiracy Theories, Class Tension, Political Intrigue: Lessons From France’s Mishandling of a 19th Century Cholera Outbreak," 15 May 2020

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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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The first known use of heed was before the 12th century

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4 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Heed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heed. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for heed

heed

verb
How to pronounce heed (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of heed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

heed

noun
How to pronounce heed (audio)

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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