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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Companies heeding the call for changes the duo plan to push should have an easier time attracting funding and a lower cost of capital over time, according to Mr. Asmar, 35 years old. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "A Rarity on Wall Street: A Female- and Minority-Led Activist Hedge Fund," 10 Feb. 2019 Consumer groups have been pushing for the ban of lead in hair products, and the FDA has finally heeded their call. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "The FDA Orders Hair-Dye Companies to Remove Lead From Formulas," 31 Oct. 2018 When Gandhi demanded Indians become more self-sufficient in all things, including food and clothing, Subbarow heeded the call, wearing homespun khadi to the hospital rather than the usual starched uniform. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "We Are Scientists," 5 June 2018 At least one Democratic gubernatorial hopeful appears to be heeding the call by the Connecticut NAACP for more diversity at the top of the ticket. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "Bridgeport Rep. Charlie Stallworth Joins Guy Smith's Ticket In Governor's Race," 17 May 2018 Thousands of demonstrators blocked roads and danced in the streets of Yerevan on Wednesday heeding their protest leader's call for a nationwide day of action. Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN, "Protesters blocked roads in Armenia's capital. This little boy used his toy cars," 2 May 2018 In 1976, heeding a call from Executive Editor Eugene L. Roberts Jr., Mr. Raftery left the Times for the Inquirer. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "William Raftery, 73, Inquirer editor for 33 years," 30 Apr. 2018 The move, Sherborne’s strongest warning yet to Barclays to heed its advice to lower debt and shrink its investment banking operation, comes after Barclays turned down a request from Sherborne in September to add Mr. Bramson to its board. Margot Patrick, WSJ, "Activist Bramson Seeks Shareholder Vote to Shake Up Barclays Board," 7 Jan. 2019 It’s unclear if Trump would heed his lawyers’ advice. Karoun Demirjian, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump wants information on ‘spies’ before Mueller interview," 27 May 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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