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/ vɔɪs /
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verb (used with object), voiced, voic·ing.
Computers. of or relating to the use of human or synthesized speech: voice-data entry; voice output.
Telecommunications. of or relating to the transmission of speech or data over media designed for the transmission of speech: voice-grade channel;voice-data network.


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Idioms about voice

    the still, small voice, the conscience: He was only occasionally troubled by the still, small voice.
    with one voice, in accord; unanimously: They arose and with one voice acclaimed the new president.

Origin of voice

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English, (noun) from Anglo-French voiz, voice or directly from Old French voiz, vois, from Latin vōcem, accusative of vōx; akin to vocāre “to call,” Greek óps “voice,” épos “word” (see epic), Sanskrit vakti “(he) speaks”


voicer, nounoutvoice, verb (used with object), out·voiced, out·voic·ing.un·der·voice, noun
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What is a basic definition of voice?

Voice is the sounds, especially speech, that a living thing makes using their mouth or the ability to use vocal chords and air to make sounds. Voice is also an expressed desire. Voice means to express something. In grammar, voice refers to how a verb is used in a sentence to express if the subject of the sentence is receiving or performing an action. Voice has many other senses as a noun, verb, and adjective.

A person’s voice is all of those sounds you hear that you recognize as words or emotional noises, such as shouts or screams. While animals, such as monkeys and cats, also make noises using their mouths, voice is nearly always used to refer to the speech of humans. When a person says they heard a voice, they usually mean a noise that sounded like a person talking.

Real-life examples: You can probably recognize people you know by only hearing their voice. When you talk on the phone, you are listening to someone’s voice.

Used in a sentence: We heard loud voices coming from down the hallway. 

The word voice also refers to the ability to use air to make audible sounds. This sense is often used when a person loses their ability to speak, such as due to illness.

Used in a sentence: The flu caused Jessica to lose her voice for a few days. 

Voice is also used to mean a stated desire or will. This sense is especially common when discussing politics, activism, protesting, or similar activities.

Real-life examples: In the United States, citizens often express their voice by voting or sending messages to politicians. Politicians and other leaders are often expected to listen to the voice of the people rather than do whatever they want.

Used in a sentence: The company listened to the voice of the customers and made changes to their new toy line. 

As a verb, voice means to utter or declare something.

Real-life examples: People often voice their opinions on the Internet using social media. Employees sometimes voice concerns to their bosses during staff meetings.

Used in a sentence: The animal rights group voiced their outrage at the city council meeting. 

The word voice is used in English grammar to refer to the two main ways we express “who is doing what to whom” in a sentence. English has two verb voices. In active voice, the subject of the sentence performs the action of the verb, as in Jim walks. In passive voice, the subject receives the action of the verb, as in The test was taken by the students.

Active voice used in a sentence: Dennis baked a cake. 

Passive voice used in a sentence: A cake was baked by Dennis.

Where does voice come from?

The first records of the term voice come from around 1250. It ultimately comes from the Latin vōx.

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What are some other forms related to voice?

  • voicer (noun)
  • outvoice (verb)
  • undervoice (noun)

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How is voice used in real life?

Voice is a common word that most often refers to the speaking sounds that a person makes.



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The police heard a mysterious voice in the wall, which turned out to be a burglar making a phone call.

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British Dictionary definitions for voice

/ (vɔɪs) /

verb (tr)

Derived forms of voice

voicer, noun

Word Origin for voice

C13: from Old French voiz, from Latin vōx
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Other Idioms and Phrases with voice


see at the top of one's lungs (voice); give voice to; have a say (voice) in; raise one's voice; still small voice; with one voice.

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