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voice

noun uk   us   /vɔɪs/

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.be in good voice to be singing well: Well, choir, we seem to be in good voice today!
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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.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!

voice noun (GRAMMAR)

[S] specialized language the relationship between the subject of the verb and the action described by the verb, or the forms of a verb that show this relationship: the active/passive voice

voice

verb [T] uk   us   /vɔɪs/
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. specialized phonetics to produce a sound by making the vocal cords move very quickly several times
Translations of “voice”
in Arabic صَوْت…
in Korean 목소리…
in Malaysian suara…
in French voix…
in Turkish ses, fikir, düşünce…
in Italian voce…
in Chinese (Traditional) 聲音, 說話聲, 嗓音…
in Russian голос, мнение…
in Polish głos, rzeczni-k/czka…
in Vietnamese giọng nói, hát, tiếng nói…
in Spanish voz…
in Portuguese voz…
in Thai เสียงพูด, การแสดงความคิดเห็น…
in German die Stimme…
in Catalan veu…
in Japanese 声…
in Indonesian suara…
in Chinese (Simplified) 声音, 说话声, 嗓音…
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