Share this entry

Share this page


Pronunciation: /vɔɪs/

Translation of voice in Spanish:


  • 1 c and u 1.1 (sound, faculty) voz (feminine) the human voice la voz humana I didn't recognize your voice no te reconocí la voz to hear voices oír* voces in a low/loud voice en voz baja/alta in a small voice con voz queda to lose one's voice quedarse afónico or sin voz to raise/lower one's voice levantar/bajar la voz raised voices could be heard se oían voces exaltadas keep your voice down! ¡no levantes la voz! they raised their voices in song/protest se pusieron a cantar/a protestar a coro he likes the sound of his own voice le gusta escucharse hablar the voice of experience la voz de la experiencia a voice crying in the wilderness una voz que clama or que predica en el desierto you must make your voice heard debes hacerte oír to give voice to sth expresar algo with one voice a coro, al unísono with one voice they condemned the attack condenaron unánimemente el atentado
    Example sentences
    • They kept repeating their beautiful song, their voices sounding better and better each time.
    • Daniel likes to sing little songs in awful voices to make people laugh.
    • It hurt just to open his mouth, and his voice did not sound the same when he did so.
    Example sentences
    • I waved my arms in the air above my head and nearly lost my voice while trying to sing along.
    • Staff said she was unable to speak to the press as she had lost her voice, believed to be as a result of a cold.
    • I lost my voice for a second but quickly recovered, though still nervous.
    1.2 [Music/Música] voz (feminine) he has a tenor voice tiene voz de tenor she's in good/poor voice tonight esta noche está/no está cantando muy bien
    Example sentences
    • They were customarily for solo voice with continuo, but pieces for up to five voices were also composed and obbligato parts sometimes included.
    • Pärt has written many a cappella works for several voices or chorus, and this new one, apart from its concision, is typical.
    • Listening and experience are indispensable in honing the exceptionally advanced voicing skills chamber music and accompanying require.
  • 2 2.1 (opinion) (no plural/sin plural) voz (feminine) to have no voice in sth no tener* voz en algo the voice of the people la voz del pueblo to be of one voice ser* de la misma opinión 2.2 uncountable/no numerable (instrument, agency) portavoz (masculine), voz (feminine) the offical voice of the party el portavoz or la voz oficial del partido
    Example sentences
    • Set up in 2000 to give a strong voice to consumers, the agency was representing their views and giving them advice and information.
    • Since the voices represent a number of government and non-governmental agencies, the public is often confused with inconsistent messages.
    • Whatever the Telegraph may tell its readers, such voices represent what large parts of the world think.
    Example sentences
    • At times, it makes sense to play the soprano and alto voices with the right hand, the tenor and bass with the left hand.
    • The medieval church knew no choral polyphony, only the ensemble of three or four soloists, drawn from alto, tenor, and baritone voices.
    • She didn't know why most girls liked baritone voices; tenor voices were so much more lyrical.
    Example sentences
    • We anticipated that there would be Americans here that would want their opinions and their voices heard.
    • On this occasion, dissenting voices were heard, elaborating reasoned arguments.
    • Regarding the impeachment case, Park should listen to the public opinion and voices from GNP members in rebellion.
  • 3 [Linguistics/Lingüística] 3.1 countable/numerable (verb form) voz (feminine) active/passive voice voz activa/pasiva 3.2 uncountable/no numerable (in phonetics) sonoridad (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • The two characters are quite similar, and apparently both denote voiced back consonants.
    • More generally, voiceless obstruents are more frequent in onset position than voiced obstruents.
    • Expiration of air through vibrating vocal cords, used in the production of vowels and voiced consonants.
    Example sentences
    • The passive voice is formed within the same paradigm, by be followed by the past participle, but is not a tense.
    • In addition, most passive constructions do not exist in Chinese, because verbs often have identical passive and active voices.
    • Never use the passive voice in an incitement to action, however vile or reprehensible.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 (express) [opinion/concern/anger] expresar
  • 2 [Linguistics/Lingüística] [consonant/sound] sonorizar*
  • 3 [Music/Música] [organ pipe/wind instrument] templar

Definition of voice in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day empanada
pasty …
Cultural fact of the day

A patera is a boat with a shallow draft, used by illegal immigrants, known as balseros, to cross the Straits of Gibraltar from Morocco to southern Spain.