verb (used with object)

  1. to give careful attention to: He did not heed the warning.

verb (used without object)

  1. to give attention; have regard.


  1. careful attention; notice; observation (usually with give or take).


  1. close and careful attention; notice (often in the phrases give, pay, or take heed)


  1. to pay close attention to (someone or something)

“attention, notice, regard,” early 14c., apparently from heed (v.). Survives only in literal use and as the object of verbs (take heed, etc.).


Old English hedan “to heed, observe; to take care, attend,” from West Germanic *hodjan (cf. Old Saxon hodian, Old Frisian hoda, Middle Dutch and Dutch hoeden, Old High German huotan, German hüten “to guard, watch”), from PIE *kadh- “to shelter, cover” (see hat). Related: Heeded; heeding.

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