\ 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 Lana Del Rey has a beautiful voice and her songs are evocative ballads. BostonGlobe.com, "Norman Rockwell Museum," 14 Sep. 2019 Our research examined the voices most central to this discussion online, mothers, and our findings show that those who oppose vaccinations communicate most about this issue. Robert Mckeever, The Conversation, "Anti-vaccination mothers have outsized voice on social media; pro-vaccination parents could make a difference," 13 Sep. 2019 The display is clear, though Toyota’s touchscreen and voice recognition system are response are unintuitive and slower than the best competitors. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Every car should be a little like the 2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid," 11 Sep. 2019 Many important inventions, particularly around communication, have come from people with disabilities, including email, touchscreens, voice assistants, and the typewriter. Christina Mallon, Quartz at Work, "The disabled community is the world’s third-largest economic power," 10 Sep. 2019 In the new Zimbabwe, students and young radicals quickly heralded Marechera as the voice of their generation. Tinashe Mushakavanhu, Quartz Africa, "The Zimbabwean writer who was Robert Mugabe’s nemesis," 7 Sep. 2019 Ex-offenders are homeowners, car owners, employees and taxpayers who should have a voice in their government, West says. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Unlock the Vote campaign seeks to restore ex-offenders' voting rights," 5 Sep. 2019 But that was important to me, to give them a voice and tell that story. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Peyton Manning’s journey through NFL history brings him to Baltimore and meeting with Ray Lewis," 4 Sep. 2019 The filibuster was once a democratic tool to give voice to the government minority. The Christian Science Monitor, "Dousing the political fire over the Amazon," 27 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Meanwhile, Democratic members of Michigan's congressional delegation continued to voice support for workers. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Trump 'sad' about GM strike but remains noncommittal, says he hopes it's over quickly," 16 Sep. 2019 Use your platform to voice compassion for those of us who’ve had abortions. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "Abortion Wasn't Mentioned Once in the 3rd Democratic Debate," 13 Sep. 2019 Brainstorm with your listing broker voice to voice to develop a plan of action. Pat Kapowich, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: A thoughtful, timely response to a purchase offer can prevent frustration and loss," 12 Sep. 2019 After Xi took over as party general secretary in 2012, consolidating power around himself, executives are increasingly under pressure to voice their support for Beijing’s objectives, said Kaiyuan’s Silvers. Jane Li, Quartz at Work, "Jack Ma’s 55th birthday present to himself is stepping away from Alibaba," 9 Sep. 2019 Now, the trio asked for suggestions to be voiced during council meetings and a majority of the five has to agree before any items can be placed on a future agenda. Los Angeles Times, "Could verbal brawls and rants ruin Westminster’s Vietnamese American council majority?," 28 Aug. 2019 Vandals have spray-painted the words 'Pogba Out' on a sign outside the Manchester United training complex in an attempt to voice their displeasure towards midfielder Paul Pogba. SI.com, "Vandals Paint Anti-Paul Pogba Message Outside Man Utd Training Ground," 28 Aug. 2019 Celebrities and viewers alike took to Twitter to voice their concern about her message. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, "Lara Spencer’s comments on Prince George’s ballet lessons are from a different era," 26 Aug. 2019 To celebrate Smokey’s recent anniversary, famous (but still older) men were hired to voice the bear’s new emoji: Stephen Colbert, Al Roker, and Jeff Foxworthy. Sarah Berns, Outside Online, "Why Smokey Bear Desperately Needs a Makeover," 24 Aug. 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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The first known use of voice was in the 14th century

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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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