the sound or sounds uttered through the mouth of living creatures, especially of human beings in speaking, shouting, singing, etc.
the faculty or power of uttering sounds through the mouth by the controlled expulsion of air; speech: to lose one's voice.
a range of such sounds distinctive to one person, or to a type of person or animal: Her voice is commanding.
the condition or effectiveness of the voice for speaking or singing: to be in poor voice.
a sound likened to or resembling vocal utterance: the voice of the wind.
something likened to speech as conveying impressions to the mind: the voice of nature.
expression in spoken or written words, or by other means: to give voice to one's disapproval by a letter.
the right to present and receive consideration of one's desires or opinions: We were given no voice in the election.
an expressed opinion or choice: a voice for compromise.
an expressed will or desire: the voice of the people.
expressed wish or injunction: obedient to the voice of God.
the person or other agency through which something is expressed or revealed: a warning that proved to be the voice of prophecy.
a singer: one of our best voices.
a voice part: a score for piano and voice.
Phonetics. the audible result of phonation and resonance.
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.
the finer regulation, as of intensity and color, in tuning, especially of a piano or organ.
to regulate the tone of, as the pipes of an organ.
to write the voice parts for (music).
to utter with the voice.
Phonetics. to pronounce with glottal vibration.
to interpret from sign language into spoken language.
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.
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.
- voicer, noun
- outvoice, verb (used with object), out·voiced, out·voic·ing.
- un·der·voice, noun
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How to use voice in a sentence
It’s only a sampling, because there are so many voices who have spoken out about injustice through their music, through their actions, through being on the front lines.
Some scooter companies, including Lime, have voiced support for the measure.D.C. Council weighs making it easier for e-scooter riders to collect damages after crashes | Luz Lazo | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
“She was just so strong,” Maggie Engel said, her voice trailing off.Emily Engel-Natzke’s dad was her ‘biggest fan.’ He died of covid-19 before her hockey triumph. | Samantha Pell | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
I haven’t heard that story in my mother’s voice for more than 20 years.Eighty years of memories that will stir readers’ own | Connie Schultz | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Barry McGovern gives brilliant renditions of the Irishman Stoker and of Henry Irving, whose voice here is a thespian thunder.
Voicing Odie the dog was Gregg Berger, the original voice of Grimlock on the Transformers cartoons.Garfield Television: The Cat Who Saved Primetime Cartoons | Rich Goldstein | November 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the documentary, your wife says you were abducted in Kiev and beaten after voicing your desire to play in the NHL.Putin’s Hockey Pal Tells All: Slava Fetisov on ‘Red Army,’ Soviet Nostalgia, and What Drives Putin | Marlow Stern | October 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
How did Amy Sedaris end up voicing a cat on a Netflix animated series about an aging sitcom horse?Amy Sedaris Is Hollywood's Beloved Rabbit-Loving Comedian Crafter | Kevin Fallon | August 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, and Thomas Middleditch from Silicon Valley are voicing the roles.The Unheralded Comedy Genius: Nicholas Stoller on ‘Neighbors,’ Zac Efron’s ‘Darkness,’ and Diddy | Marlow Stern | May 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I feel like voicing a Disney character, for people our age, must be some sort of dream that you could never imagine fulfilling.‘Looking’ Star Jonathan Groff Talks About His Big Gay TV Show. (And Whether We Should Call It That.) | Kevin Fallon | January 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Willis founded a new school of reed voicing and exerted an influence that will never die.
He also inaugurated "an entirely new departure in the science of reed voicing."
The manipulation of the mouth and lip to produce the tone desired is called voicing and calls for considerable artistic skill.
In the last half-century the art of reed voicing has been entirely revolutionized.
The French school of reed voicing, led by Cavaill-Coll, has produced several varieties that have become celebrated.
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 mouth: See also speech Related adjective: vocal
the natural and distinctive tone of the speech sounds characteristic of a particular person: nobody could mistake his voice
the condition, quality, effectiveness, or tone of such sounds: a hysterical voice
the musical sound of a singing voice, with respect to its quality or tone: she has a lovely voice
the ability to speak, sing, etc: he has lost his voice
a sound resembling or suggestive of vocal utterance: the 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 considered: to give someone a voice in a decision
an agency through which is communicated another's purpose, policy, etc: such groups are the voice of our enemies
musical notes produced by vibrations of the vocal cords at various frequencies and in certain registers: a tenor voice
(in harmony) an independent melodic line or part: a 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
(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
to utter in words; give expression to: to 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
- voicer, noun
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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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