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voice

noun uk   /vɔɪs/ us  

voice noun (SOUNDS)

B1 [C] the sounds that are made when people speak or sing: She has a loud/quiet/soft voice. a low-pitched/high-pitched voice a booming/breathy/clear/deep/fruity/gravelly/husky/squeaky voice a baritone/soprano singing voice You could tell from her voice that she wasn't pleased. "I don't know what you mean," said Fran in a quavering voice. She lowered her voice to a whisper. You'll have to raise your voice (= speak louder) if you want to be heard in here. I've got a cold and I think I'm losing my voice (= becoming unable to speak). He's at that age when his voice is breaking (= changing from a boy's to a man's). She's done a lot of work with voice-activated computers.Describing qualities of the human voice be in good voice to be singing well: Well, choir, we seem to be in good voice today!Singing in general

voice noun (OPINION)

C2 [C often singular, U] (the right to) an expression of opinion: There was only one dissenting voice during the discussion. Unfortunately a strike was the only way to make our voices heard. The committee represents the voice of the students. Developing countries are demanding a stronger voice (= right to express opinions) in the debate.Opinions, beliefs and points of viewHuman rights C2 [S] an important quality or opinion that someone expresses, or the person who is able to express it: She just won't listen to the voice of reason. I wouldn't work for Peter if I were you - this is the voice of experience talking!Opinions, beliefs and points of viewSpeakers and talkers

voice

verb [T] uk   /vɔɪs/ us  
C2 to say what you think about a particular subject, especially to express a doubt, complaint, etc. that you have about it: I have voiced my objections to the plan to management.Expressing and asking opinionsRemarks and remarkingControlling emotions specialized phonetics to produce a sound by making the vocal cords move very quickly several times
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