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"voice" in British English

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voicenoun

uk   /vɔɪs/  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 have 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: The choir seems 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!

voiceverb [T]

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

"voice" in American English

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voicenoun [C/U]

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

the sound made when people speak 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 speak louder. [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 (= becoming unable to speak).
  • voice noun [C/U] (OPINION)

an expression of opinion, or the right to express an opinion: [C] The senator added his voice to the protest. [U] The kids want to have a voice in where we go on our vacation.
  • voice noun [C/U] (GRAMMAR)

grammar /vɔɪs/ [C] 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

voiceverb [T]

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

to express esp. an opinion or feeling: Opponents also voiced concern about the potential traffic produced 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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