- 1 [countable, uncountable] the sound or sounds produced through the mouth by a person speaking or singing I could hear voices in the next room. He recognized Sarah's voice. to speak in a deep/soft/loud/quiet, etc. voice “I promise,” she said in a small voice (= a quiet, shy voice). to raise/lower your voice (= to speak louder/more quietly) Keep your voice down (= speak quietly). Don't take that tone of voice with me! Her voice shook with emotion. “There you are,” said a voice behind me. When did his voice change (= become deep like a man's)? He was suffering from flu and had lost his voice (= could not speak). She has a good singing voice. She was in good voice (= singing well) at the concert tonight. -voiced
- 2(in adjectives) having a voice of the type mentioned low-voiced squeaky-voiced opinion
- 3[singular] voice (in something) the right to express your opinion and influence decisions Employees should have a voice in the decision-making process.
- 4[countable] a particular attitude, opinion, or feeling that is expressed; a feeling or an opinion that you become aware of inside yourself He pledged that his party would listen to the voice of the people. Very few dissenting voices were heard on the right of the party. the voice of reason/sanity/conscience “Coward!” a tiny inner voice insisted. grammar
- 5 [singular] the active/passive voice the form of a verb that shows whether the subject of a sentence performs the action (the active voice) or is affected by it (the passive voice) phonetics
- 6[uncountable] sound produced by movement of the vocal cords used in the pronunciation of vowels and some consonants see also voiced, voiceless Idioms
sound from mouth
nounjump to other results
as loudly as possible She was screaming at the top of her voice.
at the top of your voice/lungsjump to other results
to be able to speak or express your opinion
find your voice/tonguejump to other results
to express your feelings, worries, etc. Many workers at the meeting gave voice to their fears about job security.
give voice to somethingjump to other results
to like talking a lot or too much, usually without wanting to listen to other people She's much too fond of the sound of her own voice.
like, etc. the sound of your own voice (disapproving)jump to other results
to express your feelings, opinions, etc. in a way that makes people notice and consider them The program gives ordinary viewers a chance to make their voices heard.
make your voice heardjump to other results
the voice of God or your conscience, that tells you to do what is morally right
a/the still small voice (literary)jump to other results
as a group; with everyone agreeing The various opposition parties speak with one voice on this issue.
with one voicejump to other results