\ ˈvȯis How to pronounce voice (audio) \

Definition of voice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : sound produced by vertebrates by means of lungs, larynx, or syrinx especially : sound so produced by human beings
b(1) : musical sound produced by the vocal folds and resonated by the cavities of head and throat
(2) : the power or ability to produce musical tones
(3) : singer
(4) : one of the melodic parts in a vocal or instrumental composition
(5) : condition of the vocal organs with respect to production of musical tones
(6) : the use of the voice (as in singing or acting) studying voice
c : expiration of air with the vocal cords drawn close so as to vibrate audibly (as in uttering vowels and consonant sounds as \v\ or \z\)
d : the faculty of utterance lost my voice
2 : a sound resembling or suggesting vocal utterance
3 : an instrument or medium of expression the party became the voice of the workers
4a : wish, choice, or opinion openly or formally expressed the voice of the people
b : right of expression also : influential power
5 : distinction of form or a system of inflections of a verb to indicate the relation of the subject of the verb to the action which the verb expresses active and passive voices
with one voice
: without dissent : unanimously


voiced; voicing

Definition of voice (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to express in words : utter voice a complaint
2 : to adjust for producing the proper musical sounds
3 : to pronounce (a speech sound, such as a consonant) with voice
4a : to provide a voice-over for (something, such as a motion picture or commercial) : to narrate (a recorded production) Actress Idina Menzel evoked her recent success voicing the movie "Frozen" with an icy all-white white concoction with a feathery train by Donna Karan Atelier.— Jocelyn Noveck and Alicia Rancilio
b : to perform the lines of (a character in an animated film, video game, etc.) Featuring characters voiced by Will Ferrell and Morgan Freeman, the cartoon promises to be a real, ahem, blockbuster.— Franz Lidz

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Synonyms & Antonyms for voice

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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express, vent, utter, voice, broach, air mean to make known what one thinks or feels. express suggests an impulse to reveal in words, gestures, actions, or what one creates or produces. expressed her feelings in music vent stresses a strong inner compulsion to express especially in words. a tirade venting his frustration utter implies the use of the voice not necessarily in articulate speech. utter a groan voice does not necessarily imply vocal utterance but does imply expression or formulation in words. an editorial voicing their concerns broach adds the implication of disclosing for the first time something long thought over or reserved for a suitable occasion. broached the subject of a divorce air implies an exposing or parading of one's views often in order to gain relief or sympathy or attention. publicly airing their differences

Examples of voice in a Sentence

Noun He has a deep voice. “Can we speak privately?” she said in a low voice. a voice on the radio We heard voices coming from the next room. She does the voices for several cartoon characters. I shouted so much that I lost my voice. She has a terrific voice. Town meetings give people a voice in local politics. Listen to the voice of the people. Please vote and make your voices heard! Verb The senator angrily voiced his objection to the bill. voiced a suggestion about where to go
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Robinson's Simon appear on screen for one episode in addition to his voice-over work in every episode. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "How Love, Victor and Love, Simon collided in Hulu series' emotional eighth episode," 19 June 2020 His work included compositions for piano, voice, orchestra, chorus, and chamber ensembles. Julia Carmel, BostonGlobe.com, "Frederick C. Tillis, composer who straddled genres, 90," 18 June 2020 The cartoon voice-over actor, who reprised his Luke Skywalker role for Disney's Episodes VII-IX over the past five years, is a prolific tweeter, often aiming at the president and his family. David Mark, Washington Examiner, "Joe Biden finds a new hope for fundraising with Star Wars actor Mark Hamill," 17 June 2020 The excitement to simply hear Thomas’ voice was overflowing. Murphy Wheeler, The Indianapolis Star, "After hitting bottom, baseball helps Purdue alum find himself," 16 June 2020 The Smith boys - giving voice to a compassionate community. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, "Monday Sunrise Briefing: Injustice protests reignited in Atlanta," 15 June 2020 Earlier, Abbott had actor Matthew McConaughey provide the voice-over for a similar ad. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Texas Gov. Greg Abbott scolds 20-somethings for not wearing masks, taking coronavirus too lightly," 15 June 2020 Watson said Spring ISD and the world needs the class of 2020 to develop their voice, intelligence, and depth of purpose now more than ever. Paul Wedding, Houston Chronicle, "Spring ISD holds outdoor graduations for class of 2020," 15 June 2020 Melania Trump bio presents inscrutable first lady as 'most influential' voice in White House, all-in for 2020. Editors, USA TODAY, "Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend," 14 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For more than a week, some local residents have taken to social media to voice support for removing the statue, which was a gift from oil company British Petroleum to the city as part of the American Bicentennial Celebration in 1976. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "City weighs response to calls on social media for the removal of Anchorage’s statue of Captain James Cook," 19 June 2020 On Wednesday,hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the district's north side administrative offices to voice their support for the plan during a rally organized by the youth advocacy group Leaders Igniting Transformation. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MPS considers terminating Milwaukee police contract to patrol outside buildings," 17 June 2020 The ruling is a major victory for LGBTQ rights, sending celebrities to social media to voice their support for the milestone moment. Amy Haneline, USA TODAY, "George Takei, Cynthia Nixon, more stars mark 'milestone' ruling, 'huge victory for LGBTQ rights'," 16 June 2020 Protests have sparked around the country with countless people taking to the streets of their cities to voice their displeasure with racial injustice and police brutality in the world. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Why U of L football players are speaking out about racial injustice, not afraid of backlash," 16 June 2020 It’s time for those of us who have served to step up and voice our support for the rights of transgender and nonbinary people in uniform. Janessa Goldbeck, refinery29.com, "We Ask & We Tell, But It’s Still Hard To Be Queer In The Military," 15 June 2020 Many were local business owners who wanted to donate money, and some were people just wanting to voice their support to the family. oregonlive, "Portland family-owned restaurant looks toward rebuilding, reopening after pandemic, looting," 8 June 2020 Protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota last week continued to intensify across the U.S. Sunday, as protesters broke local curfews to voice frustration over policing in America. NBC News, "Message from Minneapolis protester: 'Silence can be powerful.'," 2 June 2020 Players for the Detroit Red Wings have taken to social media to voice their support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings, Lions, many local athletes support Black Lives Matter on social media," 2 June 2020

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First Known Use of voice


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for voice


Middle English, from Old French vois, from Latin voc-, vox; akin to Old High German giwahanen to mention, Greek epos word, speech, Sanskrit vāk voice

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“Voice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voice. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce voice (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of voice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the sounds that you make with your mouth and throat when you are speaking, singing, etc.
: the ability to speak
: the ability to sing



English Language Learners Definition of voice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to express (something) in words


\ ˈvȯis How to pronounce voice (audio) \

Kids Definition of voice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : sound that passes out of the mouth and throat of vertebrates and especially human beings and is produced mainly by the vibration of the vocal cords within the larynx (as in speaking or shouting)
2 : musical sounds produced by singing We love listening to her beautiful voice.
3 : the power to use the voice I had a sore throat and lost my voice.
4 : a sound similar to vocal sound the cheerful voice of a cricket
5 : the right to express a wish, choice, or opinion Everyone has a voice in the decision.
6 : a means of expression The newspaper was the voice of optimism.


voiced; voicing

Kids Definition of voice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to express in words I voiced a complaint.


\ ˈvȯis How to pronounce voice (audio) \

Medical Definition of voice

1 : sound produced by vertebrates by means of lungs, larynx, or syrinx especially : sound so produced by human beings
2 : the faculty of utterance : speech

Other Words from voice

voice transitive verb voiced; voicing

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