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

The company’s footprint inside the home is best exemplified by Alexa, Amazon’s category-leading voice assistant. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How Amazon sunk its talons into your home," 12 July 2019 His own wry persona never overshadows the voices of past and present inhabitants. The Economist, "Telling Britain’s story from its “ocean-gouged fringe”," 11 July 2019 The players are currently in Australia as part of their pre-season tour and took the opportunity to check out the voices of their new teammates in the time-honoured tradition of humiliating the new/young lads. SI.com, "Manchester United Stars Scott McTominay & Aaron Wan-Bissaka Sing Karaoke on Pre-Season Tour," 11 July 2019 The life of Speed may be Thompson’s, but the voice of the book is surely Borgeson’s. Mark Mahaney, Smithsonian, "Danny Thompson’s Blazing Nitromethane-Fueled Pursuit of Racing Glory," 10 July 2019 The longshot 2020 candidate, who tried to make a name for himself on cable news shows as the voice of a younger political generation, dropped out of the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential race Monday, reports Hudak. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Swalwell becomes first casualty of 2020 primary race," 8 July 2019 The man frantically paced around and raised his voice when the officer tried to interject. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "Unarmed and outnumbered, MN corrections officers use crisis intervention to defuse tense encounters," 5 July 2019 On the other end of the line was the no-nonsense mid-Atlantic voice of William Walters, the managing director of operational medicine for the U.S. Department of State. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Airplanes That Rescue Ebola Patients," 5 July 2019 While the company’s free voice calls had triggered an intense price war in the sector, its affordable data packs notched up internet users in the country. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "After disrupting Indian telecom, Reliance Jio teams up with Facebook for digital literacy," 4 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Assistant Milwaukee Police Chief Raymond Banks voiced outrage at the child's death during a news conference on Saturday. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Autopsy to be performed Monday on 3-year-old girl shot, killed in weekend road rage incident on city's north side," 14 July 2019 As the adult Nala (voiced in the original by Moira Kelly), Beyoncé is recognizable but more subtle than many might expect. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Uncanny Fun of the Live-Action Lion King," 11 July 2019 The City Council supported the project despite some concerns voiced by residents who opposed a fifth stand-alone Starbucks in the city and pressured the council to prioritize housing. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Plans for Starbucks in National City move ahead," 24 June 2019 Brian voiced his concerns to local media and contacted Little League International, the sports overarching body, to try to get the decision reversed. Robert General, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana power soccer team gives kids with disabilities chance to play sports," 15 June 2019 However, art scholars have increasingly voiced doubts about whether the image in the Louvre can indeed be Vasari’s Lisa, for the style and techniques of the painting match far better Leonardo’s later work from 1510 onwards. Susan Broomhall, Quartzy, "The secret to the Mona Lisa’s enduring allure," 15 June 2019 Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai voiced his support for the merger last month after T-Mobile and Sprint promised to spin off Sprint's prepaid service Boost Mobile if the merger is approved. Klint Finley, WIRED, "State Attorneys General Sue to Block T-Mobile/Sprint Merger," 11 June 2019 There is also a concern, voiced by leading figures within soccer, that the application of VAR is too often inconsistent; that instead of eradicating human error, VAR has exacerbated it. Musa Okwonga, Quartz Africa, "How to make the case for and against VAR—video assistant referee—in the beautiful game," 10 June 2019 Scores of east Seminole residents opposed to the River Cross development are expected to attend a county planning and zoning commission meeting Wednesday in Sanford to voice their objections to the project. Martin E. Comas, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Seminole County report blasts plan to build hundreds of homes in rural area," 10 July 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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