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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To pay attention to; listen to and consider: "He did not heed my gibes, and chattered on” ( Sean O'Faolain).
  • intransitive v. To pay attention.
  • n. Close attention; notice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Careful attention.
  • v. To mind; to regard with care; to take notice of; to attend to; to observe.
  • v. To pay attention, care.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To mind; to regard with care; to take notice of; to attend to; to observe.
  • intransitive v. To mind; to consider.
  • n. Attention; notice; observation; regard; -- often with give or take.
  • n. Careful consideration; obedient regard.
  • n. A look or expression of heading.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give attention to; regard with care; take notice of; observe; consider.
  • To attend; observe; pay attention.
  • n. Careful attention; notice; observation; regard: usually with give or take.
  • n. The quality or state of attentiveness; the habit of serious consideration.
  • n. An obsolete form of head.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. pay close attention to; give heed to
  • n. paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people)

Etymologies

Middle English heden, from Old English hēdan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English hēdan, from Proto-Germanic *hōdijanan. Cognate with Dutch hoeden, German hüten. (Wiktionary)

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