- 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).
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OTHER WORDS FROM voicevoicer, 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)
What are some synonyms for voice?
What are some words that share a root or word element with voice?
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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.
Pet Peeve: loud voices and noises at early hours in the morning.
— Trevor Evans (@trevor_5k) November 24, 2020
Sofia whimpered in pain weakly. The pain was almost enough to pull her to consciousness. She could here River but her voice came and went in waves. Sofia felt herself drift away again.
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It has been revealed to me that I am sometimes given to the passive voice in things written by me.
— Matt Ferris (@ferrismattic) November 24, 2020
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Is voice used correctly in the following sentence?
The police heard a mysterious voice in the wall, which turned out to be a burglar making a phone call.
Example sentences from the Web for voice
I’m going to do what I can to change, to lobby and use my voice on behalf of some of these changes.Tom Colicchio Hopes (and Fears) COVID-19 Will Change the Restaurant Industry|Pallabi Munsi|September 16, 2020|Ozy
The increasing usage of voice search and voice-enabled devices also offers an opportunity for consumer brands to make it easier than ever for customers to find their products.How to drive digital innovation necessary during the pandemic|Nick Chasinov|September 16, 2020|Search Engine Watch
Growing up in Texas, Priya Tahim felt like she didn’t have a voice.A mental health crisis brewing among South Asian immigrants in the West needs serious attention|Amanat Khullar|September 15, 2020|Quartz
Honoring our grandparents is important and it’s great to have your voice be a part of this conversation.
In Hurston’s book, power is shown through who is given a voice.Book recommendations from Fortune’s 40 under 40 in government and policy|Rachel King|September 10, 2020|Fortune
“Jeffrey wanted me to tell you that you looked so pretty,” the female voice said into my disbelieving ear.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As he drove me back to the logging road, Frank told me about the area in his deep voice.The 7-Year-Old Plane Crash Survivor’s Brutal Journey Through the Woods|James Higdon|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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.
Other things being equal, the volume of voice used measures the value that the mind puts upon the thought.
She was flushed and felt intoxicated with the sound of her own voice and the unaccustomed taste of candor.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
I called out several times, as loud as I could raise my voice, but all to no purpose.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
The Princess still kept her eyes fixed on Louis, while, in a suppressed and unsteady voice, she answered her governess.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
For this use of the voice in the special service of will-power, or propelling force, it is necessary first to test its freedom.
British Dictionary definitions for voice
- 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
Derived forms of voicevoicer, noun
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Medical definitions for voice
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.