Meaning of VOICE in English


I. ˈvȯis noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old French vois, from Latin voc-, vox; akin to Old High German gi wahanen to mention, Greek epos word, speech, Sanskrit vāk voice

Date: 14th century


a. : sound produced by vertebrates by means of lungs, larynx, or syrinx ; especially : sound so produced by human beings


(1) : musical sound produced by the vocal folds and resonated by the cavities of head and throat

(2) : the power or ability to produce musical tones

(3) : singer

(4) : one of the melodic parts in a vocal or instrumental composition

(5) : condition of the vocal organs with respect to production of musical tones

(6) : the use of the voice (as in singing or acting)

studying voice

c. : expiration of air with the vocal cords drawn close so as to vibrate audibly (as in uttering vowels and consonant sounds as v or z)

d. : the faculty of utterance

lost my voice

2. : a sound resembling or suggesting vocal utterance

3. : an instrument or medium of expression

the party became the voice of the workers


a. : wish, choice, or opinion openly or formally expressed

the voice of the people

b. : right of expression ; also : influential power

5. : distinction of form or a system of inflections of a verb to indicate the relation of the subject of the verb to the action which the verb expresses

active and passive voice s

- with one voice

II. transitive verb

( voiced ; voic·ing )

Date: 15th century

1. : to express in words : utter

voice a complaint

2. : to adjust for producing the proper musical sounds

3. : to pronounce (as a consonant) with voice

Synonyms: see express

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