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Definitions of heed word
- verb with object heed to give careful attention to: He did not heed the warning. 1
- verb without object heed to give attention; have regard. 1
- noun heed careful attention; notice; observation (usually with give or take). 1
- noun heed Pay attention to; take notice of. 1
- transitive verb heed advice 1
- noun heed attention 1
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Origin of heed
First appearance:before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English heden, Old English hēdan; cognate with German hüten to guard, protect; akin to hood1
Parts of speech for Heed
A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".
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Synonyms for heed
- observe — to see, watch, perceive, or notice: He observed the passersby in the street.
- hear — to perceive by the ear: Didn't you hear the doorbell?
- obey — to comply with or follow the commands, restrictions, wishes, or instructions of: to obey one's parents.
- listen — to give attention with the ear; attend closely for the purpose of hearing; give ear.
- note — a brief record of something written down to assist the memory or for future reference.
- attention — If you give someone or something your attention, you look at it, listen to it, or think about it carefully.
- notice — an announcement or intimation of something impending; warning: a day's notice.
- mindfulness — the state or quality of being mindful or aware of something.
- care — If you care about something, you feel that it is important and are concerned about it.
- attentiveness — characterized by or giving attention; observant: an attentive audience.
Antonyms for heed
- ignore — to refrain from noticing or recognizing: to ignore insulting remarks.
- misunderstand — to take (words, statements, etc.) in a wrong sense; understand wrongly.
- disregard — to pay no attention to; leave out of consideration; ignore: Disregard the footnotes.
- neglect — to pay no attention or too little attention to; disregard or slight: The public neglected his genius for many years.
- forget — to cease or fail to remember; be unable to recall: to forget someone's name.
- disdain — to look upon or treat with contempt; despise; scorn.
- disinterest — absence of interest; indifference.
- disrespect — Lack of respect or courtesy.
- heedless — careless; thoughtless; unmindful: Heedless of the danger, he returned to the burning building to save his dog.
- ignorance — the state or fact of being ignorant; lack of knowledge, learning, information, etc.
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