Definition of “voice” - English Dictionary

“voice” in English

See all translations


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.
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!

More examples

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

See all translations

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)