\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

say, say-so, vote

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

The stories are virtuosic in their selective detail and compression, their scenic arrangement and voice. Thomas Mallon, WSJ, "‘The Dakota Winters’ Review: Uptown in the ’80s," 30 Nov. 2018 Fisher has piercing eyes and a fantastic husky voice. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Thank You For Your Service. Now What?," 17 Oct. 2018 Loud voices outside Holt’s cell can be heard in both videos. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Utah man in Venezuelan jail says prison 'has fallen,' taken over by people wanting to kill him," 2 Oct. 2018 The trauma surgeons at Inova Fairfax Hospital saved his life — and his voice. Meagan Flynn, The Seattle Times, "Shot in the neck at 17, this is the trauma surgeon now leading doctors against gun violence and NRA," 14 Nov. 2018 In under a year, real-deal activists emerged—including Emma González, Samantha Fuentes, Jaclyn Corin, Edna Chavez, and Naomi Wadler—and made their voices heard by leading a march on D.C. and traveling the country to encourage voter registration. Glamour, "The March for Our Lives Activists Turned Their Women of the Year Speech Into a Rallying Cry," 12 Nov. 2018 Don't elbow your way to the front of the line because your voice is louder. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher Open Up About Confronting Jeff Flake in the Elevator," 29 Oct. 2018 In the end, Hudson chose to keep West on her team, citing his distinctive voice. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "'The Voice' Fans Cannot Believe Jennifer Hudson Eliminated Matt Johnson Last Night," 23 Oct. 2018 In addition to practicing her singing voice, Teddy also appears to have taken an interest in the piano. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Who Is Princess Eugenie's Bridesmaid, Theodora Williams?," 12 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The only giveaway was a Thanksgiving Day Instagram post by actor J.D. McCrary, who voices Simba in the upcoming film. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Surprise! Disney drops first trailer for “live-action” film The Lion King," 23 Nov. 2018 Allen, a conservative who has voiced his support for President Trump, is also politically conservative on the show. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Tim Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing’ mocks network change in new teaser," 18 July 2018 After all, hippos are charismatic enough to get Jada Pinkett Smith to voice one in the Madagascar films. Steve Mirsky, Scientific American, "A Look at the Inner Lives of 13 Species of Animals You Think You Know," 13 July 2018 The film has Will Smith voicing a super cool, super smooth secret agent who... gets transformed into a pigeon. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Spies in Disguise, Dogs, and more," 3 Nov. 2018 Then Ness comes over and speaks to him semiprivately, voice a hush. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Kimbal Musk Is Reinventing Food One Shipping Container at a Time," 24 Oct. 2018 But then, of course, there were those fans who hated Leno's guest star appearance, and voiced their (very harsh) feelings on Twitter. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Fans Have a Lot of Feelings About Jay Leno's Appearance on the Show," 15 Oct. 2018 Dowd was Trump’s lead attorney on his legal team, and voiced strong opposition to Trump doing an interview with Mueller. John Roberts, Fox News, "Ty Cobb to leave Trump's legal team, be replaced by Clinton impeachment lawyer," 2 Oct. 2018 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: 'Hotel Transylvania 3' Beats 'Skyscraper' in Thursday Previews," 13 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'voice.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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