\ˈvȯis \

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

caroler (or caroller), singer, songster, vocalist, vocalizer

Synonyms: Verb

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

Antonyms: Verb

stifle, suppress

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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


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!


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

As with last year’s Home (Peace of Coal), most of his bands feature top-notch improvisational voices from the local scene who change the complexion of the music and frequently extend his songs into powerful meditations. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Caleb Willitz perpetually refines his pensive folk-rock sound by working with some of Chicago’s strongest improvisers," 12 July 2018 Listening to music or picking out one voice from several others is often impossible. Justin Chen, STAT, "Pulses of light restored hearing in gerbils. Could that lead to higher-tech cochlear implants?," 11 July 2018 Johnson, who has cut a flamboyant figure in British politics for decades, served as one of the loudest — and most misleading — voices advocating for Brexit before the referendum. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Boris Johnson Quits U.K. Government in Blow to Brexit, Theresa May," 9 July 2018 Tesfaye had apparently even shared a video from the outing on his Instagram story, and Bella's voice can reportedly be heard in the background. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid and The Weeknd Reportedly Snuggled on a Dinner Date," 2 July 2018 Begg could sense the panic in Kelly’s voice, rising with each call, cresting when Kelly noticed that Tyler had stopped sharing his location on his cell phone. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "A College QB's Suicide. A Family's Search for Answers.," 26 June 2018 For years, former Attorney General Jack Conway spearheaded a statewide school speaking program featuring the voices of parents who lost children to addiction. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Do those real-life addiction stories really keep kids off drugs?," 12 July 2018 People save voicemail in order to hear once again the voice of someone who has gone, or text exchanges, alive with banter and the mundane notes that make up a life. Beth Teitell, BostonGlobe.com, "Phone contacts: Do you delete the deceased?," 9 July 2018 Accompanied by some static, the voice of Cole Pearn, Martin Truex Jr.’s crew chief, popped across their radio hookup in the final stage of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 last month at Sonoma Raceway. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "How radio communication provided a winning tool and changed the course of NASCAR racing," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Military leaders, particularly within the Air Force, have voiced their opposition to creating a new military branch. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Trump Calls on Pentagon to Create Military Space Force," 18 June 2018 Young people are uniquely and disproportionately affected when bodily autonomy is limited; they often are dismissed when voicing their opinions on their own lives, and have the fewest financial and legal resources to assert their rights. Yamani Hernandez, Teen Vogue, "Abortion Funds Can Help Preserve Reproductive Rights With or Without the Supreme Court," 12 July 2018 Rules Committee Chairman Ahsha Safaí said Breed had voiced her support for Marshall. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "Joe Marshall gets another shot at SF Police Commission — needs supes’ OK," 10 July 2018 The grocery-to-be will have things that community members have voiced as important to them: fresh produce from community gardens, meat and dairy from local farms, eggs from local backyard chickens and baked goods from local bakers. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation uses $100K grant to build grocery store," 6 July 2018 Sixty-five percent of the respondents overall also approved of bolstering funding for border security programs, even though a wide majority voiced dislike for other hardline immigration efforts. Li Zhou, Vox, "Poll: most Americans oppose Trump’s signature immigration policies," 6 July 2018 There was a humorous moment when former major league pitcher Orlando Hernandez voiced his opposition through an interpreter. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "David Beckham, Jorge Mas encounter opposition in latest bid for Miami MLS stadium," 13 July 2018 The animated film sees Adam Sandler once again voice the role of Dracula, who decides to take a cruise with his pals, only to fall in love with the captain of the ship (Kathryn Hahn). Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box-Office Preview: 'Hotel Transylvania 3' Could Topple Dwayne Johnson's 'Skyscraper'," 12 July 2018 Trump made the comment while voicing frustrations about how much Germany pays into NATO and the amount of Russian natural gas the country relies on. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Kelly was upset about the food at NATO breakfast, not Trump Germany remark, Sanders says," 11 July 2018

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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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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 \

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 \

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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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