- 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).
- vohwinkel syndrome,
- voice box,
- voice coil,
- voice input,
- voice mail,
- voice of america
Origin of voice
Examples from the Web for 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|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Millennial Action Project (MAP) seeks to engage young people in politics and give them more of a voice in governing.
“He is borrowing my voice to tell you this story,” she told the crowd.
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|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“[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|Oliver Jones|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Stevens lowered his voice, and stopped to peer again about the bush.The Hunted Woman|James Oliver Curwood
Then he endeavoured to hum a tune; but his voice seemed to choke him.The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4|George W. M. Reynolds
He has caused His voice to be heard in this dark and sinful world.The Assembly of God|C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
The voice from the head of the table was one of controlled impatience.Flamsted quarries|Mary E. Waller
The voice that calls foreign immigrants southward to-day is not single but double.The Negro in the South|Booker T. Washington
- 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.