\ 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 In the hourlong premiere, Detectives Mills and Johnson (voices of Jimmi Simpson and Da’Vine Joy Randolph) investigate after a mayoral candidate (voice of Kurtwood Smith) suddenly goes missing. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2021 The tiny doubting voice of your intuition should prevent you from squandering your money on a dubious purchase. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 13 Sep. 2021 Your writer will shape the voice of your brand in concert with the rest of the company. John Hall, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 The voice was Troy Aikman, and what sounded like a fun gig toward the end of his 12-year NFL career turned into something bigger. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 11 Sep. 2021 And then Tom did the devil voice, as well, which was so fun to watch. Marisa Roffman, Variety, 10 Sep. 2021 We are now used to the calm voice of a late-night host after a mass shooting, but in those first couple weeks, people weren’t ready, expecting, or wanting to process what happened. Jesse David Fox, Vulture, 9 Sep. 2021 The current voice on the streetcar is Cincinnati native and 98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 9 Sep. 2021 Their clanging was instead replaced by the soothing voice of ESPN announcer Mark Jones, whose on-air introduction was broadcast over the speakers in the stadium. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 7 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Diehl attended a Billerica protest last week to voice his opposition to the administration’s school mask mandate. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Aug. 2021 Hundreds of people gathered outside the Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony a week ago and some were there to voice their opposition to the Games. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 30 July 2021 The groups have organized similar rallies to protest mask requirements, vaccination campaigns and school and business closures, and regularly voice their opposition before the county Board of Supervisors. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 July 2021 Under current law, the TSP is not allowed to direct investments to specific companies or exercise voting rights to voice an opinion. Rachel Layne, CBS News, 15 July 2021 Any American who ever intends to voice their opinion about election integrity are here today. Katelyn Polantz, CNN, 24 June 2021 The brief survey allows people to voice their opinion on how the district should utilize the funds. Teri Webster, Dallas News, 21 June 2021 Amy says: Your partner no longer gets to voice an opinion about your emotions. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, 7 June 2021 Elgin residents have a chance to voice their opinion on how the city is running via a survey being sent out later this month. Gloria Casas, chicagotribune.com, 7 May 2021

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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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