Definition of voice noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//vɔɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//vɔɪs//
    Grammar, Phonetics
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    sound from mouth
  1. 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 break (= 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.
  2. -voiced
  3. 2(in adjectives) having a voice of the type mentioned low-voiced squeaky-voiced
  4. opinion
  5. 3  [singular] voice (in something) the right to express your opinion and influence decisions Employees should have a voice in the decision-making process.
  6. 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.
  7. grammar
  8. 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) See related entries: Grammar
  9. phonetics
  10. 6 [uncountable] sound produced by movement of the vocal cords used in the pronunciation of vowels and some consonants see also voiced, voiceless See related entries: Phonetics
  11. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French vois, from Latin vox, voc-.Extra examples ‘Do you have to speak to me in that tone of voice?’ she asked sadly. ‘Get out!’ she shouted in a shrill voice. ‘So he won’t come…’ her voice trailed off in disappointment. ‘Who is it?’ a female voice called out. An inner voice told him that what he had done was wrong. Can you turn this sentence into the passive voice? Dissenting voices at the newspaper are very rare. He managed to keep his voice steady despite his feelings of panic. He swallowed nervously as he tried to find his voice. Her voice echoed through the silent house. Her voice shook with fear. Her voice was filled with emotion. His deep voice cut through the silence. His voice broke when he was 14. His voice broke with emotion. His voice rose in angry protest. His voice suddenly thickened with emotion. I could tell from his slurred voice that he’d been drinking. I was shouting at the top of my voice but she couldn’t hear me. Many senior politicians have lent their voices to the campaign. Please keep your voice down so as not to wake the children. Please lower your voice! Powerful voices in the Senate are determined to bring down the president. Refugees have been unable to find a voice in politics. She dropped her voice to a whisper. She has a beautiful singing voice. She put on a silly voice as she imitated her boss. She was dimly aware of voices shouting. She was in good voice at the concert tonight. She was in good voice= singing well at the concert tonight. She’s a teacher who never has to raise her voice to discipline the children. She’s lost her voice and won’t be able to sing tonight. The flat, unemotional voice droned on. The home fans were in good voice before the match. The magazine gave voice to hundreds of oppressed factory workers. The main character was crazy, hearing voices in his head. The teachers speak with one voice when they demand an end to the cuts. There was fury in his voice as he answered her. They could hear a loud babble of voices coming from the crowded bar. Try to project your voice so that the people at the back of the room can hear you. a lone voice of dissent a society in which individuals are able to make their voices heard a writer with a highly distinctive voice the computer’s voice recognition capability to listen to the voice of conscience ‘I promise,’ she said in a small voice. He recognized Sarah’s voice. He was suffering from flu and had lost his voice. When did his voice break? to raise/​lower your voice to speak in a deep/​soft/​loud/​husky voiceIdioms
    at the top of your voice
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    as loudly as possible She was screaming at the top of her voice.
    to be able to speak or express your opinion
    give voice to something
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    to express your feelings, worries, etc. Many workers at the meeting gave voice to their fears about job security.
    like, etc. the sound of your own voice
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    (disapproving) 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.
    to express your feelings, opinions, etc. in a way that makes people notice and consider them The programme gives ordinary viewers a chance to make their voices heard.
    a/the still small voice
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    (literary) the voice of God or your conscience, that tells you to do what is morally right
    as a group; with everyone agreeing The various opposition parties speak with one voice on this issue.
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