Definition of heed in US English:



[with object]
  • Pay attention to; take notice of.

    ‘he should have heeded the warnings’
    • ‘If the warning is not heeded sudden excruciating pain and eye-watering blindness may follow.’
    • ‘And, by and large, as we have driven around today, people seem to be heeding that warning.’
    • ‘Every day lost could mean a child dying because warnings have not been heeded.’
    • ‘Were people taking the warnings, heeding the warnings and getting packed up and moving inland?’
    • ‘It's what makes progressives so mad in the not so bad times, no one is heeding our warnings and solutions.’
    • ‘When adult sunbathers appear not to be heeding the warnings, campaigners go for a softer target - their kids.’
    • ‘Now, having heeded the warnings of their own dads, they appear to be taking the challenge of fatherhood seriously.’
    • ‘Many people heeded that warning, but there were several hundred people that did not.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, many Western tourists hurried to leave the country, heeding warnings from their own governments that it was not safe to stay.’
    • ‘One had assumed that these warnings had been heeded, examined and discounted as alarmist.’
    • ‘In Orlando, tourists heeded warnings to stock up on food and water and wait for the storm to pass their villas and hotel rooms.’
    • ‘The next morning they were released with a warning, and it's clear that at least for now, they are heeding that warning.’
    • ‘Thankfully having heeded the warning back then I have most of the data backed up.’
    • ‘Its legacy will depend on the extent to which the world heeds the warning.’
    • ‘Gazette readers are heeding the warnings of the scam, which tempts people by saying they have won a holiday.’
    • ‘As frozen snow lay on untreated roads, drivers appeared to have heeded warnings and stayed in early today.’
    • ‘Of course, the whole sorry saga could have been avoided, if only we'd heeded the warnings.’
    • ‘What's it like to hear a politician say you should've heeded the warnings?’
    • ‘So we escaped the worst of it by heeding the warning and getting out of the way.’
    • ‘But it is alarming that Americans still don't seem to be heeding the warning to shape up.’
    pay attention to, take notice of, take note of, pay heed to, be heedful of, attend to, listen to, notice, note, pay regard to, bear in mind, be mindful of, mind, mark, consider, take into account, take into consideration, be guided by, follow, obey, keep, keep to, adhere to, abide by, observe, take to heart, give ear to, be alert to
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  • Careful attention.

    ‘if he heard, he paid no heed’
    ‘we must take heed of the suggestions’
    • ‘The Council would have to be extraordinarily inept if it were not to take heed of this overwhelming reaction to the move.’
    • ‘This directly hurts those who wish to take a critical view of the situation, paying heed to both sides.’
    • ‘He watched the men as they loitered carelessly, paying little heed to how conspicuous they now were.’
    • ‘He urged the vicar to reconsider the plans and take heed of what protesters were saying.’
    • ‘It just goes to prove you should pay heed to any ‘tip’ given to you by a taxi driver!’
    • ‘So we showed the manuscript to a lawyer but I took no heed of his suggestions.’
    • ‘Some developers have taken heed of the government's drive and slowed down mall developments.’
    • ‘The wealthy and those on expense accounts pay little heed to it.’
    • ‘Drivers are being urged to take heed of the winter weather after a spate of road accidents in the West Mainland on Tuesday morning.’
    • ‘Let us hope that the next reports from the Department of Health take heed of this advice.’
    • ‘My eyes were fixed on the window, though I paid little heed to what went on outside.’
    • ‘In turn, he paid heed to everything I said and had a lot of regard for me.’
    • ‘Kiwis could do a lot worse than take heed of the manners of our overseas drivers.’
    • ‘All too often we fail to take heed of what is being said by the experts, especially when it contains unwelcome messages.’
    • ‘He had been unrelenting with his plan and given no heed to the young lieutenant he had talked to.’
    • ‘Whatever is shaping your story, must take heed of the Charles Darwin rule.’
    • ‘Although this was a horrid sight and sound the constant attention the kids yearned for made me pay no heed to them.’
    • ‘Only the ones who recognize the message he is trying to forward would pay heed.’
    • ‘Now eight months into the changeover, he is pleased with the progress and warned motorists to take heed of the warrants.’
    • ‘Now I didn't want to take heed of this advice and end up making a fool of myself.’
    attention, notice, note, regard, heedfulness, attentiveness, consideration, thought, care
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Old English hēdan, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoeden and German hüten.