Definition of heed in English:

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Pronunciation: /hēd/


[with object]
Pay attention to; take notice of: he should have heeded the warnings
More example sentences
  • If the warning is not heeded sudden excruciating pain and eye-watering blindness may follow.
  • The next morning they were released with a warning, and it's clear that at least for now, they are heeding that warning.
  • And, by and large, as we have driven around today, people seem to be heeding that warning.
pay attention to, take notice of, take note of, pay heed to, attend to, listen to;
bear in mind, be mindful of, mind, mark, consider, take into account, follow, obey, adhere to, abide by, observe, take to heart, be alert to


Careful attention: if he heard, he paid no heed we must take heed of the suggestions
More example sentences
  • He urged the vicar to reconsider the plans and take heed of what protesters were saying.
  • Drivers are being urged to take heed of the winter weather after a spate of road accidents in the West Mainland on Tuesday morning.
  • Now eight months into the changeover, he is pleased with the progress and warned motorists to take heed of the warrants.
attention, notice, note, regard;
consideration, thought, care


Old English hēdan (originally intransitive); related to Dutch hoeden and German hüten.

Words that rhyme with heed

accede, bead, Bede, bleed, breed, cede, concede, creed, deed, Eid, exceed, feed, Gide, God speed, greed, he'd, impede, interbreed, intercede, Jamshid, knead, lead, mead, Mede, meed, misdeed, mislead, misread, need, plead, proceed, read, rede, reed, Reid, retrocede, screed, secede, seed, she'd, speed, stampede, steed, succeed, supersede, Swede, tweed, weak-kneed, we'd, weed

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