Definition of voice in English:

voice

Syllabification: voice
Pronunciation: /vois
 
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noun

1The sound produced in a person’s larynx and uttered through the mouth, as speech or song: Meg raised her voice a worried tone of voice
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  • 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.
1.1An agency by which a particular point of view is expressed or represented: once the proud voice of middle-class conservatism, the paper had fallen on hard times
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  • 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.
Synonyms
spokesperson, speaker, champion, representative, mouthpiece, intermediary; forum, vehicle, instrument, channel, organ, agent
1.2 [in singular] The right to express an opinion: the new electoral system gives minority parties a voice
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  • Extremists from the Right can only breed if the mainstream do not have a voice from the traditional parties.
  • That is why Jim Wallace is trying to find a new voice on civil liberties, with freedom of information legislation and penal reform.
  • But they did not see an alternative beyond staying inside Labour and hoping to be allowed a voice in the party.
Synonyms
say, influence, vote, input, role, representation, seat at the table
1.3A particular opinion or attitude expressed: a dissenting voice
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  • 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.
Synonyms
opinion, view, feeling, wish, desire, will; (voice of the people)vox populi
informal vox pop
1.4The ability to speak or sing: she’d lost her voice
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  • 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.
Synonyms
power of speech
1.5 (usually voices) The supposed utterance of a guiding spirit, typically giving instructions or advice.
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  • The sound produced is supposed to be the voices of the ancestral spirits.
  • With regard to Counts 3, 5 and 6, the accused indicated that he had acted out as a result of hearing voices or spirits.
  • There was an art installation at the Tate in Liverpool once based on the idea that you could record the voices of spirits which float around in empty rooms.
1.6The distinctive tone or style of a literary work or author: she had strained and falsified her literary voice
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  • Writers like Labé and Whitney were able to take advantage of the relatively new medium of print to establish their distinctive literary voices.
  • We want distinctive literary voices, not ones that can be interchanged at will.
  • And it is always a pleasure to listen to her beguiling and distinctive literary voice.
2 Music The range of pitch or type of tone with which a person sings, such as soprano or tenor.
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  • 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.
2.1A vocal part in a composition.
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  • 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.
2.2A constituent part in a fugue.
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  • These seem to be simultaneous streams of attention, like two or three interacting contrapuntal voices in a Bach fugue.
  • Bach's Art of Fugue sounds crystal clear, with voices separated in a way that couldn't be achieved by a human performer without computer help.
2.3Each of the notes or sounds able to be produced simultaneously by a musical instrument (especially an electronic one) or a computer.
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  • The stored musical sounds and voices are then reproduced in accordance with the received pitch and timing information.
  • I can combine tools, images, and multiple voices to create three-dimensional computer worlds.
2.4(In an electronic musical instrument) each of a number of preset or programmable tones.
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  • The voices of other programs are digitized and even the environment has its own unique sounds.
3 Phonetics Sound uttered with resonance of the vocal cords (used in the pronunciation of vowels and certain consonants).
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  • 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.
4 Grammar A form or set of forms of a verb showing the relation of the subject to the action: the passive voice
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  • 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.

verb

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1Express (something) in words: get teachers to voice their opinions on important subjects
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  • Support your art community by voicing your opinion, and prove the visual arts are active and united in Calgary.
  • We strongly encourage the Macalester community to voice their opinions on this issue.
  • Kerry voiced his words very confidently and held a firm look on his face.
2 (usually as adjective voiced) Phonetics Utter (a speech sound) with resonance of the vocal cords (e.g., b, d, g, v, z).
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  • Since each language has its own way of voicing the consonants and the vowels, names of places as pronounced by locals in their native language seldom sound the same to an outsider.
  • Words are often pronounced without voicing the H. For example, in the word, everything.
3 Music Regulate the tone quality of (organ pipes).
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  • Skills such as shaping of line, pedaling, wrist rotation, voicing and chord playing can be easily incorporated into the piano lesson.
  • By indicating a different dynamic for each staff, and by writing un peu en dehors above the middle staff, he left little doubt about the intended voicing hierarchy.
  • The student will enjoy exploring the many colors of piano dynamics, voicing and pedaling.

Origin

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

Phrases

give voice to

Allow (a particular emotion, opinion, or point of view) to be expressed.
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  • The campaign to amplify parent voices must focus on giving voice to each individual parent, not on enhancing the role of an allegedly representative group.
  • They give voice to a lot of voices that don't otherwise get heard.
  • It helps us to express ourselves - give voice to what we feel, think, see, believe, hope and desire.
Synonyms
Allow (a person or group) to express their emotions, opinion, or point of view.
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  • This site gives voice to a progressive view of religion in America.
  • Jime both legitimises and gives voice to dissenting views, alerting the reader that there may be a controversy behind a text, even though it has been accepted.
  • Using the rhetorical device of a letter addressed to a fictitious gentleman in the provinces, La Font gave voice to the following paradigmatic view of Boucher.

in voice

In proper vocal condition for singing or speaking: the soprano is in marvelous voice
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  • Ab-Liva and Sandman are the stylistic opposite of Clipse, burly in voice and muddy in inflection, intensifying most tracks, but usually just acting as foils.
  • Robin Leggate's Captain Vere was all he needed to be, torn and sturdy, betraying - more in tone than in voice - a certain frailty.
  • In striking contrast to the earlier stanzas, stanzas fifteen and sixteen are consistent neither in tone nor in voice.

with one voice

In complete agreement; unanimously.
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  • While the industry insists it must stick together and speak with one voice, there have been individual voices of disapproval.
  • We must speak with one voice, and proudly promote the positive impact of the industry's substantial investment in server training.
  • So you want to be a united front and speak with one voice and give clear directives to the contractor even as a couple.

Derivatives

voiced

adjective
[in combination]: deep-voiced

voicer

noun
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  • Tuners and ‘voicers’ will go through the organ completely to ensure that each of the nearly 6,000 metal and wood pipes in the organ, and all the different tonal settings, sound as they are should.
  • In this way, there is a continuous interchange in between voicers and pipe manufacturers.
  • The other voicers stood together in the pews in the middle of the church listening.

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