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heed

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verb \ˈhēd\

Definition of heed

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to pay attention

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to give consideration or attention to :  mind heed what he says heed the call

Examples of heed in a Sentence

  1. 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

  2. However, he should heed an axiom from the pretelevision age: physician, heal thyself. —George F. Will, Newsweek, 17 Mar. 1986

  3. 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

  4. She failed to heed the warnings.

  5. if we had heeded the ranger's advice, we might not have gotten lost

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Origin and Etymology of heed

Middle English, from Old English hēdan; akin to Old High German huota guard, Old English hōd hood


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heed

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noun \ˈhēd\

Definition of heed

Examples of heed in a Sentence

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. took heed of the student's learning disability so as to arrive at reasonable expectations for him

  5. pay heed to what you're doing with that knife while you're talking

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Origin and Etymology of heed

see 1heed



HEED Defined for English Language Learners

heed

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verb

Definition of heed for English Language Learners

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

heed

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noun

Definition of heed for English Language Learners

  • : attention or notice


HEED Defined for Kids

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heed

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verb \ˈhēd\

Definition of heed for Students

heeded

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heeding

  1. :  to pay attention to :  mind Heed my warning.


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heed

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Definition of heed for Students

  1. :  attention 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

heedful

adjective


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