\ 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

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

Don’t become a negative voice that will linger inside that developing mind. Michael Scott, cleveland.com, "One more time with new feelings: Fatherhood 2.0," 16 June 2019 Farewell, sweet prince Once, in a very formal pitch meeting, Amiel Stanek stood up and started talking in a funny voice, pausing his speech in odd places, and turning what could have been a boring presentation into a performance piece. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "A Fond Farewell to Our Wonderful Amiel," 15 June 2019 Who could replace Sanders?: Sanders’ departure means a new voice for the White House. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Who will replace Sarah Sanders? Here's what President Trump is saying about the search," 15 June 2019 Despite the backlog of rape kits in Maryland, Governor Hogan refuses to release $3.5 million in this year’s bipartisan budget to get more rape kits tested and ensure victims voices are heard. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "Democrats push Hogan to release money for school construction, community colleges, rape kit testing," 15 June 2019 Artemisia’s heartfelt songs and soaring voice make for a powerful combination, as each of her increasingly assured six solo albums attest. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cici Artemisia bidding farewell to San Diego with ‘The Lucky One’," 15 June 2019 Set to an original score for voice and French horns by Ted Hearne, the dance delves into the tensions between ballet and modern dance, the natural and the unnatural world, the past and the present. New York Times, "The Week in Arts: One Ariana Grande, Two Stadiums; Toni Morrison on the Silver Screen," 15 June 2019 For so many years my choices (in fashion and in everything else) weren’t affected just because of that loud, angry voice telling me what my body was and wasn’t allowed to participate in. Olivia Muenter, Glamour, "I Went on National TV in Lingerie—It Changed What Body Positivity Meant to Me," 14 June 2019 Known for her dramatic delivery and powerful quivering voice, Ybarra also is a virtuoso accordionist. Hector Saldana, ExpressNews.com, "Piñata Protest, restaurant musicians celebrated at Talón Fest in San Antonio," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In 2014, the courtship was scrapped after regulators in the Obama administration voiced concerns over competition. Matthew Goldstein, New York Times, "Sprint and T-Mobile Merger Faces New Hurdle With Lawsuit by States," 11 June 2019 More than 180,000 people attended a vigil in Hong Kong to remember victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre 30 years ago, organizers said, equaling the record turnout for the event as locals also voiced anger over a tightening of their own freedoms. Joyu Wang, WSJ, "Hong Kong Remembers Tiananmen Square Victims 30 Years On," 4 June 2019 That opposition at times appeared to endanger the bill, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voiced skepticism of causing an intraparty fight over the legislation. German Lopez, Vox, "The Senate just passed criminal justice reform," 19 Dec. 2018 Gardner posited that Democrats, many of whom have voiced support for Trump's harder line on trade talks, would balk at the idea of reining him in. Phil Mattingly And Lauren Fox, CNN, "Senate Republicans weigh trade fight with Trump as other options on tariffs fall flat," 6 June 2018 The biggest change in recent years, Kirschner said, is that parents can voice their opinions on social media. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Coaches on hot seat: Youth sports, social media, parents have changed the job," 2 June 2018 The city voted to try out the schedule, but then reversed that after residents voiced concerns about their safety and comfort level around unrestrained dogs. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Dogs to be allowed off leash all day at South Buena Vista Park," 29 May 2018 Thursday's action marked the fourth day in a row that groups have voiced their discontent with McDonald's at its home, which opened in April. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Food & Drink / News / Animals McDonald’s new West Loop HQ is ‘perfect’ location for protesters to get their messages out," 25 May 2018 This frustration with our existence being heralded as brave has been voiced by various communities from those with chronic illness, to the trans community, to those who have disabilities. Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Posing Nude Isn't "Brave"," 23 May 2019

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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 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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