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

Google heeded the swift backlash and made a change to its auto-login feature for Chrome. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Google's New Automatic Chrome Login Is Bad For Your Online Privacy," 24 Sep. 2018 Pets and livestock: Lake County Animal Care and Control urged residents to heed evacuation warnings and take pets and livestock with them, when possible. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Where Northern California fire victims can find resources – and how you can help," 25 June 2018 The couple, Jim and Alice Mitchell, didn't heed a voluntary evacuation warning and stayed home Monday to celebrate Jim Mitchell's 89th birthday. CBS News, "Crews press search for survivors, bodies after SoCal mudslides," 11 Jan. 2018 Fail to heed this advice and the fastener will be seriously overtightened. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use a Torque Wrench to Keep Your Car from Flying Apart," 26 Feb. 2019 England went to sleep at the back for a few minutes and failed to heed Panama's warnings. SI.com, "England 6-1 Panama: Three Lions Roar With Biggest Ever World Cup Win to Book Last 16 Spot," 24 June 2018 The President has been accused of sidelining the Office of National Drug Policy Control, failing to heed the recommendations of his opioid council and focusing too much on the punitive measure to respond to the epidemic. Dan Merica, CNN, "Trump to unveil long-awaited opioid policy in New Hampshire," 19 Mar. 2018 Eliason said emergency responders have been scrambling to attend to calls after some residents failed to heed earlier warnings to leave. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, "Rains in Southern California send rivers of mud into homes, trigger fire," 9 Jan. 2018 Previous Georgia law prohibited teens from using electronics at all while behind the wheel, but my own behavior surely made that rule seem even more impossible to heed on their parts. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Driving Without a Smartphone," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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