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Definition of 'voice'


  1. the distinctive quality or pitch or condition of a person's speech; "A shrill voice sounded behind us"
  2. the sound made by the vibration of vocal folds modified by the resonance of the vocal tract; "a singer takes good care of his voice"; "the giraffe cannot make any vocalizations"
       Synonyms: vocalization vocalisation vocalism phonation vox
  3. a sound suggestive of a vocal utterance; "the noisy voice of the waterfall"; "the incessant voices of the artillery"
  4. expressing in coherent verbal form; "the articulation of my feelings"; "I gave voice to my feelings"
       Synonyms: articulation
  5. a means or agency by which something is expressed or communicated; "the voice of the law"; "the Times is not the voice of New York"; "conservatism has many voices"
  6. something suggestive of speech in being a medium of expression; "the wee small voice of conscience"; "the voice of experience"; "he said his voices told him to do it"
  7. (metonymy) a singer; "he wanted to hear trained voices sing it"
  8. an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose; "the meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major organs of government"
       Synonyms: spokesperson interpreter representative
  9. the ability to speak; "he lost his voice"
  10. (linguistics) the grammatical relation (active or passive) of the grammatical subject of a verb to the action that the verb denotes
  11. the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music; "he tried to sing the tenor part"
       Synonyms: part


  1. give voice to; "He voiced his concern"
  2. utter with vibrating vocal chords
       Synonyms: sound vocalize vocalise
       Antonyms: devoice

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