\ 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 one thing a host can do is give the broadcast a shape and a voice when nothing else provides them. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "A Driverless Oscars Takes a Winding Road," 9 Feb. 2020 As Rafiki, the mandrill who is healer, sage and shaman, Zama sings in a powerful voice, gives Simba a crucial pep talk and pulls off several delightful comic bits. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'The Lion King' brings pride, spectacle and strong characters to Marcus Center," 7 Feb. 2020 Similarly, an eight-year-old girl in Memphis, TN had a creepy interaction when an unknown man's voice started talking to her from her Ring as well—her mom was even able to retrieve a video. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Amazon Ring Rolls Out New Control Center, Allowing Users to Check on Two-Factor Authentication and Opt Out of Law Enforcement Requests," 6 Feb. 2020 Doofy voices over your favorite players is objectively good content. Nate Scott, For The Win, "The NFL 'Bad Lip Reading' video is back and it's better than ever," 6 Feb. 2020 Providing a voice may be the most this new cohort can do for a community whose battles more frequently — and contentiously — arise not in the council chamber but in the statehouse. Amelia Pak-harvey, Indianapolis Star, "Historic city council has most LGBTQ members ever. Here's why that matters.," 2 Feb. 2020 That’s why the voices asking, even begging, for a significant fiscal stimulus have recently multiplied, encompassing private investors and economists across the ideological spectrum. Jayati Ghosh, Quartz India, "Opacity in India’s budget numbers will have major implications for investors," 2 Feb. 2020 There was push back at Hollywood because Boyz ’n the Hood had come out, Menace II Society and there were voices that didn’t want to see us only as gangster films. Taiia Smart Young, Essence, "Can You Believe Blair Underwood Almost Passed On ‘Set It Off’?," 30 Jan. 2020 Her three most recent novels—Swimming Home (2011), Hot Milk (2016), and her latest, The Man Who Saw Everything—all have moments of omniscience, short scenes interspersed in the text in a voice distinct from the rest of the narrative. Ruth Margalit, The New York Review of Books, "When Reality Slips," 28 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Inch is by no means voicing full-throated support for GE. Matt Egan, CNN, "Longtime GE bear says Larry Culp 'saved' the iconic company," 10 Feb. 2020 Twins reliever Brusdar Graterol, whose medical reports prompted this entire hold-up as the Red Sox voiced concerns, is now going to the Dodgers, along with the 67th overall pick in the 2020 draft. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Let's try this again: Mookie Betts blockbuster nears completion as Dodgers, Red Sox, Twins work out new deal(s)," 9 Feb. 2020 But several residents urged council members to delay the project until the investors gathered more community input — and voiced concerns about traffic congestion, noise and the privatization of city parks. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Couple sues Dallas to stop $10 million Reverchon Park project," 6 Feb. 2020 The meeting is where everyone gets to talk and voice their opinions. Liz Bentley, Marie Claire, "Lead a Big Meeting With Confidence Using These Techniques," 3 Feb. 2020 Trump claimed the deal will cost U.S. economic growth by 1.2 percent, but economists voiced skepticism. NBC News, "Trump signs USMCA trade deal to replace 'nightmare NAFTA'," 29 Jan. 2020 Following Smith’s post-fight criticism of Donald Cerrone after his loss to McGregor at UFC 246 last week, Rogan took to his podcast and voiced his frustration. Mma Junkie Staff, MMA Junkie, "Conor McGregor wants Stephen A. Smith to apologize to Joe Rogan, Donald Cerrone," 26 Jan. 2020 Most of the distaste toward Republicans is by Democrats, and vice-versa, but sizable shares of independents (close to 50% in each state) voiced such opinions about one party or the other. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Poll: Donald Trump has ground to make up in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin," 22 Jan. 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang and Booker have made the issue part of their platforms, voicing support for the California law and arguing for more rights for athletes. Rick Maese, courant.com, "Sen. Chris Murphy, colleagues not waiting for NCAA, form group to explore athlete compensation," 9 Dec. 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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13 Feb 2020

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“Voice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voice. Accessed 26 Feb. 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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