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.
verb (used with object), voiced, voicing.
to give utterance or expression to; declare; proclaim: to voice one's discontent.
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 pertaining to the use of human or synthesized speech: voice-data entry; voice output.
Telecommunications. of or pertaining 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.

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

voicer, noun
outvoice, verb (used with object), outvoiced, outvoicing.
undervoice, noun

5. cry, call. 6. sound, language, speech, tongue. 11. order, command. 12. mouthpiece, organ. 18. reveal, disclose, publish.
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voice (vɔɪs)
1.  See also speech the sound made by the vibration of the vocal cords, esp when modified by the resonant effect of the tongue and mouthRelated: vocal
2.  the natural and distinctive tone of the speech sounds characteristic of a particular person: nobody could mistake his voice
3.  the condition, quality, effectiveness, or tone of such sounds: a hysterical voice
4.  the musical sound of a singing voice, with respect to its quality or tone: she has a lovely voice
5.  the ability to speak, sing, etc: he has lost his voice
6.  a sound resembling or suggestive of vocal utterance: the voice of the sea; the voice of hard experience
7.  written or spoken expression, as of feeling, opinion, etc (esp in the phrase give voice to)
8.  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
9.  an agency through which is communicated another's purpose, policy, etc: such groups are the voice of our enemies
10.  music
 a.  musical notes produced by vibrations of the vocal cords at various frequencies and in certain registers: a tenor voice
 b.  (in harmony) an independent melodic line or part: a fugue in five voices
11.  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
12.  grammar active passive See middle 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 relation
13.  obsolete rumour
14.  obsolete (foll by of) fame; renown
15.  in voice in a condition to sing or speak well
16.  out of voice with the voice temporarily in a poor condition, esp for singing
17.  with one voice unanimously
18.  to utter in words; give expression to: to voice a complaint
19.  to articulate (a speech sound) with voice
20.  music to adjust (a wind instrument or organ pipe) so that it conforms to the correct standards of tone colour, pitch, etc
21.  to provide the voice for (a puppet or cartoon character) in an animated film
Related: vocal
[C13: from Old French voiz, from Latin vōx]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., "sound made by the human mouth," from O.Fr. voiz, from L. vocem (nom. vox) "voice, sound, utterance, cry, call, speech, sentence, language, word," related to vocare "to call," from PIE base *wek- "give vocal utterance, speak" (cf. Skt. vakti "speaks, says," vacas- "word;" Avestan vac- "speak,
say;" Gk. aor. eipon "spoke, said," epos "word;" O.Prus. wackis "cry;" Ger. er-wähnen "to mention"). Replaced O.E. stefn. Meaning "ability in a singer" is first attested c.1600. Verb meaning "to express" (a feeling, opinion, etc.) first attested c.1600. The noun in this sense (in ref. to groups of people, etc., e.g. Voice of America) is recorded from late 14c.
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voice (vois)
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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