\ 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


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for voice

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Play it safe and try venting to yourself first in a voice memo. Rachel Feintzeig, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2022 There were no cliffhangers or dramatic plot twists, no teasing voice-overs. New York Times, 5 Aug. 2022 Eastern would convert the voice message to an email within 30 minutes. Cameron Kaiser, Ars Technica, 4 Aug. 2022 Longtime Dragon Ball English-language voice actor Chris Sabat, who reprises his roles as Piccolo and Vegeta in the new film, told EW at San Diego Comic-Con. Christian Holub, EW.com, 4 Aug. 2022 The therapy sessions of mysterious psychologist Dr. Bright, bookended by voice notes, form intriguing short episodes, as all of her patients seem to have special abilities. Simon Hill, Wired, 4 Aug. 2022 And catch all of our podcasts and daily voice briefing at freep.com/podcasts. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, 3 Aug. 2022 Their first app, called TTY, was a platform for sharing voice clips. Lucy Brewster, Fortune, 3 Aug. 2022 Mariah Carey has hit as many career highs and her voice hits octaves, but her personal life has taken some blows. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 2 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rodriguez plays Catwoman, Maridueña will voice Mr. Freeze’s Snowy the Snowcrawler, and Kenny will play Crash, Badcomputer’s robotic minion. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 July 2022 Jackman will voice Big Greg, a local hotshot and former television personality who happens to be the boss of Koala Man, a.k.a. Kevin, and often takes credit for his heroics. Keith Langston, EW.com, 19 July 2022 In that case, Howard Stern could always voice Doctor Doom from a different reality. Chris Smith, BGR, 30 June 2022 Across the country, thousands of protesters gathered in cities big and small to voice their outrage at the court’s decision, largely without reports of clashes. New York Times, 24 June 2022 Fliers have taken to social media to voice their outrage, with many claiming their attempts to get assistance online or over the phone have not been successful. Josh Rivera, USA TODAY, 2 June 2022 Keke Palmer, Greta Lee, Kieran Culkin, and Sam Smith will also voice characters on the show. Joe Otterson, Variety, 23 May 2022 As Victory Day is marked in Russia and Ukraine, different leaders voice very different views about the two nations' ongoing war. CNN, 9 May 2022 Employees also voice opinions that create and change workplace programs. Blake Morgan, Forbes, 1 May 2022 See More

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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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\ 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.


voiced; voicing

Kids Definition of voice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to express in words I voiced a complaint.


\ 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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