- IPA: /vɔɪs/
voice (plural voices)
- Sound uttered by the mouth, especially by human beings in speech or song; sound thus uttered considered as possessing some special quality or character
- The human voice is the oldest musical instrument in history.
- She has a pleasant voice.
- His low voice allowed him to become a bass in the choir.
- c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene iii], page 309 ↗, column 1:
- Her voice was euer ſoft,
Gentle, and low, an excellent thing in woman.
- (phonetics) Sound made through vibration of the vocal cords; sonant, or intonated, utterance; tone; — distinguished from mere breath sound as heard in whispering and voiceless consonants.
- The tone or sound emitted by an object
- 1712, Joseph Addison, Cato, a Tragedy
- O Marcus, I am warm’d; my heart Leaps at the trumpet’s voice.
- The faculty or power of utterance
- to cultivate the voice
- That which is communicated; message; meaning.
- c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene vii]:
- My voice is in my sword.
- 17th century, John Fell (bishop), unknown work
- Let us call on God in the voice of his church.
- An expressed opinion, choice, will, desire, or wish; the right or ability to make such expression or to have it considered
- c. 1608–1609, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Coriolanus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene iii]:
- Sicinius. How now, my masters! have you chose this man? / 1st Citizen. He has our voices, sir.
- 1697, John Dryden, Aeneid
- Some laws ordain, and some attend the choice / Of holy senates, and elect by voice.
- Like many of the 7 million other first time voters, she came of age during half a decade of military rule that has governed the country since former general turned Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha seized power in a 2014 coup. "We have had our voice taken away for five years," she says.
- (archaic) Command; precept.
- One who speaks; a speaker.
- 1849, Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam A.H.H.
- A potent voice of Parliament.
- 1849, Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam A.H.H.
- (literature) A particular style or way of writing that expresses a certain tone or feeling.
- (grammar) A particular way of inflecting or conjugating verbs, or a particular form of a verb, by means of which is indicated the relation of the subject of the verb to the action which the verb expresses.
- The verbal system of Latin has two voices, active and passive.
- (music) In harmony, an independent vocal or instrumental part in a piece of composition.
- The theme of this piece constantly migrates between the three voice parts.
- (Internet, IRC) A flag associated with a user on a channel, determining whether or not they can send messages to the channel.
- (sound of human speech) steven, reard
- (opinion) steven, vote, say-so
- (voice of verbs) diathesis, gender (of verbs), grammatical voice, verbal voice
voice (voices, present participle voicing; past and past participle voiced)
- (transitive) To give utterance or expression to; to utter; to publish; to announce
- He voiced the sentiments of the nation.
- 1893, Annie Wood Besant, An Autobiography
- How often he would voice his love of England, his admiration of her Parliament, his pride in her history.
- 1612, Francis Bacon, Of Great Place
- Rather assume thy right in silence and . . . then voice it with claims and challenges.
- 1622, Francis Bacon, History of the Reign of King Henry VII
- It was voiced that the king purposed to put to death Edward Plantagenet.
- (transitive, phonology) To utter audibly, with tone and not just breath.
- (transitive) To fit for producing the proper sounds; to regulate the tone of
- voice the pipes of an organ
- (transitive, obsolete) To vote; to elect; to appoint
- (intransitive, obsolete) To clamor; to cry out
- (transitive, Internet, IRC) To assign the voice flag to a user on IRC, permitting them to send messages to the channel.
- (television, film) To act as a voice actor to portray a character.