- a set of categories for which the verb is inflected in some languages, as Latin, and which is typically used to indicate the relation of the verbal action to the subject as performer, undergoer, or beneficiary of its action.
- a set of syntactic devices in some languages, as English, that is similar to this set in function.
- any of the categories of these sets: the English passive voice; the Greek middle voice.
verb (used with object), voiced, voic·ing.
- to regulate the tone of, as the pipes of an organ.
- to write the voice parts for (music).
Origin of voice
Synonyms for voice
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Contemporary Examples of voice
When he does, here is a gentleness in his voice, a reflective and lovely quality that no movie he has been in has ever captured.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
The Millennial Action Project (MAP) seeks to engage young people in politics and give them more of a voice in governing.When Will We See a #Millennial Congress?
December 26, 2014
“He is borrowing my voice to tell you this story,” she told the crowd.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
But we also live with healing, with love, with activism, with a voice.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
“[Writing was] the only way I could get people to listen to me without wondering what was wrong with my voice,” he told the Times.Chris Colfer on Writing, Acting, and the Pain of Being A Pop Culture Trailblazer
December 15, 2014
Historical Examples of voice
Persuasive is the voice of Vice, That spreads the insidious snare.
As I approached her apartment, the voice of Alcibiades met my ear.
"Oh, blessed be the sound of your voice," replied the peasant.
Yet his voice was unbroken and he was, indeed, unconscious of the tears.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"His countenance and his voice troubled me, like the presence of evil," answered Philothea.
- musical notes produced by vibrations of the vocal cords at various frequencies and in certain registersa tenor voice
- (in harmony) an independent melodic line or parta fugue in five voices
Word Origin for voice
late 13c., "sound made by the human mouth," from Old French voiz, from Latin vocem (nominative vox) "voice, sound, utterance, cry, call, speech, sentence, language, word," related to vocare "to call," from PIE root *wekw- "give vocal utterance, speak" (cf. Sanskrit vakti "speaks, says," vacas- "word;" Avestan vac- "speak, say;" Greek eipon (aorist) "spoke, said," epos "word;" Old Prussian wackis "cry;" German er-wähnen "to mention").
Replaced Old English stefn. Meaning "ability in a singer" is first attested c.1600. Meaning "expression of feeling, etc." (in reference to groups of people, etc., e.g. Voice of America) is recorded from late 14c.
"to express" (a feeling, opinion, etc.), c.1600, from voice (n.). Related: Voiced; voicing.
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.