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

But not everyone will be aware of the fact that Larson also has an incredible singing voice. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brie Larson Just Covered Ariana Grande and We Stan a Superhero That Can Sing," 4 May 2019 In the days after He's unusual scientific rollout on YouTube and in front of the World Summit of Human Gene Editing, concerned voices grew into an international chorus condemning He's work as sloppy, improperly focused, and unethical. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "CRISPR Baby Scientist Comprehensively Denounced By Genetics Experts," 3 May 2019 But there are little things viewers of the Hulu true crime drama have questioned along the way, including Gypsy’s distinct voice. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Does 'The Act' Portray Gypsy Rose Blanchard's Voice Accurately?," 2 May 2019 Now read this in the calming, majestic voice of Morgan Freeman: But there is hope for humans. Cotton Codinha, Allure, "7 Influential People on Environmental Advocacy in the Beauty Industry," 22 Apr. 2019 Otherwise, the Bolt is all about its noise-canceling microphones, which should provide better voice pick-up than the mic on your phone. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Anker's Roav Bolt brings Google Assistant to your car's 12V socket, even with an iPhone," 17 Apr. 2019 Taking home the Inspiration Award, Katy Perry was honored for her work with UNICEF as well as her voice within the LGBTQ community. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Anita Hill Delivers a Powerful Call to Action at the 2019 DVF Awards," 12 Apr. 2019 Then, earlier in February, Google noted that its voice assistant feature would be available on the Nest Guard. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "Google’s Nest hub has a microphone it forgot to mention," 20 Feb. 2019 Immensely successful, with powerful momentum on any number of fronts — online shopping, voice assistants, smart devices, cloud services, and so on. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Amazon," 27 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After the series aired a rerun, people voiced their disappointment on social media. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Fans Are Furious With the Show for One Major Reason," 26 Apr. 2019 Democrats and Republicans voiced strong concerns at the news of Mattis’s departure. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Mattis’s resignation was a scathing indictment of Trump’s foreign policy," 21 Dec. 2018 In a statement provided to Teen Vogue, Google CEO Sundar Pichai voiced his support for the walkouts. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Google Employees Across the World Walk Out to Protest Company's Handling of Sexual Misconduct Reports," 1 Nov. 2018 Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, voiced her opposition on Twitter. CBS News, "Judge Brett Kavanaugh named Trump's second Supreme Court justice - live updates," 9 July 2018 Longtime YouTuber Shane Dawson, a special guest at the convention with over 14 million subscribers on his channel, voiced what everyone was thinking in an Instagram Live shortly after the disaster. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "The Trials & Tribulations Of TanaCon, The Internet’s Weirdest Drama," 6 July 2018 Others voiced safety concerns about the entrance to the property on York Road, which as planned would not have a traffic light. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Towson residents question plans for Towson Station, call for 'inspired commerce'," 29 June 2018 At recent hearings at the capitol, parents and educators voiced concerns about adding more guns in schools, especially since the program is shrouded in secrecy. Alejandra Matos, Houston Chronicle, "Texas schools armed 33 staff members through School Marshal program," 28 June 2018 French president Emmanuel Macron has also voiced his support for the filmmaker's cause. Nick Holdsworth, The Hollywood Reporter, "Support Growing for Jailed Ukrainian Director on Hunger Strike in Russia," 18 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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