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[vois] /vɔɪs/
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.
  1. 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.
  2. a set of syntactic devices in some languages, as English, that is similar to this set in function.
  3. 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.
  1. to regulate the tone of, as the pipes of an organ.
  2. 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.
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 forms
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for voice
  • Hoarseness is having difficulty producing sound when trying to speak, or a change in the pitch or quality of the voice.
  • Read the reviews, then head to the forums to voice your opinion.
  • Spoken language through a voice synthesizer is coming soon.
  • His voice was once melodious, his breath effortlessly powering a pinwheel of adjectives.
  • Place the emphasis in your voice on the nouns, verbs, and key concepts of a sentence.
  • Communicating, by voice or any other means, will be free.
  • In the wild, though, their calls may go much higher in pitch and much faster in tempo than any human tutor's voice.
  • People were spoken about and displayed as if they were specimens of a type without a voice of their own.
  • He whooped into the sky, listening to his voice bounce back from the cliffs.
  • While voice recognition in some areas of technology has advanced, automobiles have been limited to basic commands.
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
  1. musical notes produced by vibrations of the vocal cords at various frequencies and in certain registers: a tenor voice
  2. (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
(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 relation See active (sense 5), passive (sense 5), middle (sense 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 (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
voicer, noun
Word Origin
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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voice in Medicine

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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