voice

noun
\ 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

voice

verb
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

say, say-so, vote

Synonyms: Verb

air, expound, express, give, look, raise, sound, state, vent, ventilate

Antonyms: Verb

stifle, suppress

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Verb

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

Simply command the screen to roll up or down with your voice, thanks to LG ThinQ, which has Google Assistant and Alexa built-in for your convenience. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This LG TV’s Display Actually Rolls Into Its Base When You Tell It To Do So," 6 Mar. 2019 The vibrations created in that process form the basis of your voice, Dr. Akst explains. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Selma Blair Reveals Her MS Led to Spasmodic Dysphonia," 27 Feb. 2019 Saarinen, who was just getting up, began talking in his slow, deliberate voice at Roche, who had been up all night with his cousin and slowly drifted off into sleep. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why Eero Saarinen’s ‘50s office was a breeding ground for modernist design," 8 Nov. 2018 Across the country, hundreds of thousands of prisoners are adding their voices to biometric databases set up by state correctional organizations under coercion from their prison. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Prisons Are Building Giant Biometric Databases of Prisoners' Voices," 1 Feb. 2019 Equipped with powerful signs and posters, marchers raised their voices in support of equal rights, healthcare, and social justice. De Elizabeth, Glamour, "Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Speaks at 2019 Women's March in New York City," 20 Jan. 2019 But in 2019, J.Crew has bigger problems than figuring out its brand voice: The company will need to reckon with nearly $2 billion worth of debt. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 If Facebook disappeared from the Internet tomorrow, people would still have plenty of ways to make their voices heard. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Sorry Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook isn’t a “positive force”," 21 Nov. 2018 In the last five years, there's been so many alternative voices coming through; not just pop music, but people sharing their stories through words, a little reminiscent of some of those old '60s and '70s records that so many people love. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lana Del Rey Is Drinking Wheat Grass, Taking Spin Classes, Being Extra, and Loving It," 7 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

More than a mermaid, Ariel was a spunky redhead who defied the expectations placed on her—and she was voiced by Jodi Benson. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Voice Actress Jodi Benson on Being Ariel and Three Decades of Feminist Princesses," 27 Feb. 2019 Among the concerns being voiced at Davos are Britain’s planned exit from the European Union and a slowdown in the Chinese economy. Christopher Alessi, WSJ, "U.S. Oil Prices Decline on Global Slowdown Fears," 23 Jan. 2019 Sadly, the film’s talking Pikachu is not voiced by Danny DeVito, but Ryan Reynolds. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Twitch is streaming a Pokémon marathon on Thanksgiving," 21 Nov. 2018 The original soundtrack version, as well as Lind's performance of it in the movie, was actually voiced by Loren Allred. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Listen to Kelly Clarkson's Cover of 'Never Enough' From 'The Greatest Showman'," 9 Nov. 2018 Never seen in person, Yetta was voiced by Mr. Abel’s wife, Jeanne, in a spate of telephone and radio interviews. Margalit Fox, The Seattle Times, "Alan Abel, hoaxer extraordinaire, is (on good authority) dead at 94," 18 Sep. 2018 Similar concerns were voiced by members of the school board’s minority bloc. Donna St. George, Washington Post, "The Prince George’s schools chief said he was quitting. So why is he still there?," 5 July 2018 Some concerns have been voiced about a repeat this year, but the leftist’s crushing lead makes that scenario unlikely. Eric Martin, Bloomberg.com, "Mexico’s Populist Tide Pushes AMLO Toward a Blowout Victory," 27 June 2018 Publicly making a trade request is against N.B.A. rules, but the depths of Leonard’s dissatisfaction with the Spurs have not been voiced directly by the player or his representatives. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Spurs Forward Kawhi Leonard Wants Out of San Antonio," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of voice

Noun

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

Verb

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for voice

Noun

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

noun

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

voice

verb

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

: to express (something) in words

voice

noun
\ 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.

voice

verb
voiced; voicing

Kids Definition of voice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to express in words I voiced a complaint.

voice

noun
\ 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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