Meaning of VOICE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ vɔɪs ]

( voices, voicing, voiced)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


When someone speaks or sings, you hear their voice .

Miriam’s voice was strangely calm...

‘The police are here,’ she said in a low voice...

There was a sound of loud voices from the kitchen...

N-COUNT : oft poss N , adj N


Someone’s voice is their opinion on a particular topic and what they say about it.

What does one do when a government simply refuses to listen to the voice of the opposition?...



If you have a voice in something, you have the right to express an opinion on it.

Egypt is once again accepted as an important voice in Arab politics...

N-SING : N in n


If you voice something such as an opinion or an emotion, you say what you think or feel.

Some scientists have voiced concern that the disease could be passed on to humans...

The predominant opinion voiced by Detroit’s Arab population seems to be one of frustration.

= express

VERB : V n , V-ed


In grammar, if a verb is in the active voice , the person who performs the action is the subject of the verb. If a verb is in the passive voice , the thing or person affected by the action is the subject of the verb.

N-SING : the adj N


If you give voice to an opinion, a need, or a desire, you express it aloud.

...a community radio run by the Catholic Church which gave voice to the protests of the slum-dwellers.

= express

PHRASE : V inflects , PHR n


If someone tells you to keep your voice down , they are asking you to speak more quietly.

Keep your voice down, for goodness sake.

PHRASE : V inflects


If you lose your voice , you cannot speak for a while because of an illness.

I had to be careful not to get a sore throat and lose my voice.

PHRASE : V inflects


If you raise your voice , you speak more loudly. If you lower your voice , you speak more quietly.

He raised his voice for the benefit of the other two women...

She’d lowered her voice until it was barely audible.

PHRASE : V inflects


If you say something at the top of your voice , you say it as loudly as possible.

‘Damn!’ he yelled at the top of his voice.

PHRASE : Ns inflect [ emphasis ]


If a number of people say something with one voice , they all express the same opinion about something.

This would enable the community to speak with one voice in world affairs.


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