\ 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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But onstage, their voices complimented each other well. Matthew Wilson, USA TODAY, "'American Idol' recap: Two is not always company during Hollywood Week duet competition," 23 Mar. 2020 WPA PoolGetty Images As the coronavirus has impacted people across the globe, Prince William has stepped up and lent his voice to causes supporting those affected by the virus. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince William Says the "Day He Dreaded Most" Has Come with the Coronavirus," 22 Mar. 2020 But on March 13th a muezzin in Kuwait, his voice plainly cracking with emotion, made a small tweak. The Economist, "Coping with covid-19 How prayer is changing as a result of covid-19," 21 Mar. 2020 Even though an annual choral festival in San Bernardino County, California was canceled this year because of coronavirus concerns, a group of high school choir singers wanted their community to hear their voice anyway. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "When their high school choir concert was canceled, technology helped them sing together anyway," 21 Mar. 2020 Here’s the thing, though: My voice is not the only one missing from Florida’s primary election. Terriayna Spillman, Teen Vogue, "Florida Primary Elections Went on Despite Coronavirus, Depriving College Students of Vote," 18 Mar. 2020 Testimony Walker also expressed her generosity by using her voice to speak out against the injustices of Jim Crow discrimination and oppression. Tyrone Mckinley Freeman, The Conversation, "Netflix’s ‘Self-Made’ miniseries about Madam C.J. Walker leaves out the mark she made through generosity," 17 Mar. 2020 And that happens when the people of this state in this country get out and make their voice heard. Luke Barr And, ABC News, "Election officials prepare for challenge of coronavirus ahead of Tuesday's primaries," 10 Mar. 2020 Promoting self advocacy early on can help your young teen learn how to use their own voice when needed. Emy Rodriguez Flores, Redbook, "How To Help Your Kids With School Work, Personal Skills and More," 6 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The archive, which is voiced by none other than Snoop Dogg himself, is only too happy to continue their musical education. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "Utopia Falls Is a Bold Attempt to Make a Better YA Dystopia," 13 Feb. 2020 Oh, and other MLB players voiced their anger over all of this for the first time on Thursday. Andy Nesbitt, For The Win, "UFC 246 is the biggest fight of Conor McGregor's career," 17 Jan. 2020 As many have pointed out, the racist epithet appeared over 200 times in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), albeit voiced by a narrator who wasn’t Twain. Karen Chernick, Smithsonian, "The Museum Tour Guide Who Shaped Mark Twain’s Views on Race," 26 Nov. 2019 Some residents have voiced concerns, however, about the developments impact on traffic and possible overcrowding. Ap Mcclatchy, Orange County Register, "Could 5,600 homes, a Sac State campus come to Placer County?," 11 Nov. 2019 Citizens previously voiced concerns about the rezoning proposal restricting nonconforming uses. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Possible changes to Carroll County rezoning involve medical marijuana dispensaries, nonconforming uses," 3 Nov. 2019 The league also pointed out there are formal channels for team executives to voice concerns about officiating. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "NBA fines owner Mark Cuban $500,000, rejects Mavericks' protest of Hawks game," 6 Mar. 2020 Harris' fearless response was then shared by thousands on social media, prompting celebrities, and even Australia's Prime Minister, to voice their support. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "'I'd rather not go through it again.' Tayla Harris stood up to vile trolls and became a symbol of defiance," 5 Mar. 2020 Friends and coaches have already taken to social media to voice support for the family and school, including West Clermont football coach Nick Ayers and Walnut Hills basketball coach Ricardo Hill. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Anderson High School basketball coach dies suddenly," 5 Mar. 2020

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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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“Voice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voice. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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How to pronounce voice (audio)

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 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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