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Meaning of “voice” in the English Dictionary

"voice" in British English

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voicenoun

uk   us   /vɔɪs/
  • voice noun (SOUNDS)

B1 [C] the ​sounds that are made when ​peoplespeak 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/​sopranosinging 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 raiseyour voice (= ​speaklouder) if you ​want to be ​heard in here. I have a ​cold and I ​think I'm losing my voice (= ​becomingunable 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-activatedcomputers.be in good voice to be ​singing well: The ​choirseems 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 makeour voices heard. The ​committeerepresents the voice of the ​students. Developing ​countries are ​demanding a ​stronger voice (= ​right to ​expressopinions) in the ​debate.C2 [S] an ​importantquality 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 ​experiencetalking!
  • voice noun (GRAMMAR)

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

voiceverb [T]

uk   us   /vɔɪs/
(Definition of voice from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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voicenoun [C/U]

 us   /vɔɪs/
  • voice noun [C/U] (SOUNDS)

the ​sound made when ​peoplespeak or ​sing, or the ​ability to make such a ​sound: [C] She ​spoke in a ​low, ​soft voice, and I had to ​ask her to ​speaklouder. [C] I ​heard the ​murmur of voices. [C] I’ve been ​talking so much that my voice is getting ​hoarse. [U] I’ve got a ​cold and I’m ​losing my voice (= ​becomingunable to ​speak).
  • voice noun [C/U] (OPINION)

an ​expression of ​opinion, or the ​right to ​express an ​opinion: [C] The ​senatoradded his voice to the ​protest. [U] The ​kidswant to have a voice in where we go on ​ourvacation.
  • voice noun [C/U] (GRAMMAR)

grammar /vɔɪs/ [C] the ​relationship between the ​subject of the ​verb and the ​actiondescribed by the ​verb, or the ​forms of a ​verb that show this ​relationship

voiceverb [T]

 us   /vɔɪs/
  • voice verb [T] (OPINION)

to ​express esp. an ​opinion or ​feeling: Opponents also voiced ​concern about the ​potentialtrafficproduced by the ​project.
(Definition of voice from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “voice”
in Korean 목소리…
in Arabic صَوْت…
in Malaysian suara…
in French voix…
in Russian голос, мнение…
in Chinese (Traditional) 聲音, 說話聲, 嗓音…
in Italian voce…
in Turkish ses, fikir, düşünce…
in Polish głos, rzeczni-k/czka…
in Spanish voz…
in Vietnamese giọng nói, hát, tiếng nói…
in Portuguese voz…
in Thai เสียงพูด, การแสดงความคิดเห็น…
in German die Stimme…
in Catalan veu…
in Japanese 声…
in Chinese (Simplified) 声音, 说话声, 嗓音…
in Indonesian suara…
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