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.


    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

1250–1300; Middle English (noun) < Anglo-French voiz, voice (Old French voiz, vois) < Latin vōcem, accusative of vōx; akin to vocāre to call, Greek óps voice, épos word (see epic), Sanskrit vakti (he) speaks
Related formsvoic·er, nounout·voice, verb (used with object), out·voiced, out·voic·ing.un·der·voice, noun

Synonyms for voice

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Historical Examples of voice

  • Persuasive is the voice of Vice, That spreads the insidious snare.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • As I approached her apartment, the voice of Alcibiades met my ear.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • "Oh, blessed be the sound of your voice," replied the peasant.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • 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.


    Lydia Maria Child

British Dictionary definitions for voice



the sound made by the vibration of the vocal cords, esp when modified by the resonant effect of the tongue and mouthSee also speech Related adjective: vocal
the natural and distinctive tone of the speech sounds characteristic of a particular personnobody could mistake his voice
the condition, quality, effectiveness, or tone of such soundsa hysterical voice
the musical sound of a singing voice, with respect to its quality or toneshe has a lovely voice
the ability to speak, sing, etche has lost his voice
a sound resembling or suggestive of vocal utterancethe voice of the sea; the voice of hard experience
written or spoken expression, as of feeling, opinion, etc (esp in the phrase give voice to)
a stated choice, wish, or opinion or the power or right to have an opinion heard and consideredto give someone a voice in a decision
an agency through which is communicated another's purpose, policy, etcsuch groups are the voice of our enemies
  1. musical notes produced by vibrations of the vocal cords at various frequencies and in certain registersa tenor voice
  2. (in harmony) an independent melodic line or parta fugue in five voices
phonetics the sound characterizing the articulation of several speech sounds, including all vowels or sonants, that is produced when the vocal cords make loose contact with each other and are set in vibration by the breath as it forces its way through the glottis
grammar a category of the verb or verbal inflections that expresses whether the relation between the subject and the verb is that of agent and action, action and recipient, or some other relationSee active (def. 5), passive (def. 5), middle (def. 5)
obsolete rumour
(foll by of) obsolete fame; renown
in voice in a condition to sing or speak well
out of voice with the voice temporarily in a poor condition, esp for singing
with one voice unanimously

verb (tr)

to utter in words; give expression toto voice a complaint
to articulate (a speech sound) with voice
music to adjust (a wind instrument or organ pipe) so that it conforms to the correct standards of tone colour, pitch, etc
to provide the voice for (a puppet or cartoon character) in an animated film
Derived Formsvoicer, noun

Word Origin for voice

C13: from Old French voiz, from Latin vōx
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Word Origin and History 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.

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Medicine definitions for voice




The sound made by air passing out through the larynx and upper respiratory tract and produced by the vibration of the vocal organs.
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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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