Meaning of VOICE in English

VOICE

/ vɔɪs; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

SOUND FROM MOUTH

1.

[ C , U ] the sound or sounds produced through the mouth by a person speaking or singing :

I could hear voices in the next room.

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.

-VOICED

2.

(in adjectives) having a voice of the type mentioned :

low-voiced

squeaky-voiced

OPINION

3.

[ sing. ] voice (in sth) the right to express your opinion and influence decisions :

Employees should have a voice in the decision-making process.

4.

[ C ] 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.

[ sing. ] the active / passive ~ 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.

[ U ] sound produced by movement of the vocal cords used in the pronunciation of vowels and some consonants

—see also voiced , voiceless

IDIOMS

- give voice to sth

- make your voice heard

- with one voice

—more at find verb , sound noun , still adjective , top noun

■ verb

[ vn ]

GIVE OPINION

1.

to tell people your feelings or opinions about sth :

to voice complaints / criticisms / doubts / objections, etc.

A number of parents have voiced concern about their children's safety.

PHONETICS

2.

to produce a sound with a movement of your vocal cords as well as your breath

—compare unvoiced , voiceless

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English : from Old French vois , from Latin vox , voc- .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.