voice1 [ vɔıs ] noun ***
▸ 1 speaking/singing sound
▸ 2 for expressing opinions
▸ 3 someone/something expressing idea
▸ 4 personal style
▸ 5 in linguistics
1. ) count or uncount the sounds someone makes when they speak:
A female voice answered the phone.
We could hear voices in the next apartment.
He tried to keep the irritation out of his voice.
a man with a deep/soft/loud voice
in a ... voice: The woman at the desk greeted him in a bored voice.
raise your voice (=speak louder, especially because you are angry): The children were very well-behaved, and I never had to raise my voice.
at the top of your voice (=as loudly as possible): She started screaming at the top of her voice.
tone of voice (=the aspect of your voice that shows how you feel): I knew from his tone of voice that he was extremely annoyed.
in someone's voice (=when someone's attitude or feelings are shown in the way they speak): Phillips called back later, and this time there was real irritation in his voice.
a ) uncount someone's ability to speak:
lose your voice: I have a cold I think I'm losing my voice.
b ) count or uncount someone's ability to sing:
My father had a fine bass voice.
be in good/fine voice (=be singing well): You're in good voice tonight!
c ) count one of the singers in a piece of classical music:
an arrangement for piano and four voices
d ) keep your voice down INFORMAL used for telling someone to be quiet:
Could you keep your voices down? I'm trying to read.
2. ) singular the right or opportunity to express your opinions and influence what happens:
The apartheid system left the majority of the population without a political voice.
have a voice (in something): Parents should have a voice in any changes to the school curriculum.
give voice to something (=express something publicly): Her article gave voice to the anger felt by many local people.
a ) count the opinion of a person or group:
voice of: The voice of ordinary party members was rarely listened to.
make your voice heard (=make sure that your opinion is known to others): Anti-capitalist groups used street protests as a way of making their voices heard.
b ) speak with one voice used for saying that all the members of a group have the same opinion:
All twelve farmers' organizations spoke with one voice.
3. ) singular a person, newspaper, organization, etc. that expresses a particular idea or represents the opinions of a particular group:
The paper sees itself as the authentic voice of Middle America.
voice of reason/authority/experience etc.: The senator has long been a voice of reason on this issue.
4. ) count FORMAL the individual, personal style of a particular writer:
Anna finally found her voice as a writer.
5. ) count LINGUISTICS the form of a verb that shows whether the subject of the verb does the action (the active voice) or whether the action is done to it (the passive voice)
someone likes the sound of their own voice SPOKEN
used for saying that someone thinks their opinions are more important than anyone else's
someone's voice breaks
when a boy's voice breaks, it becomes deeper as he becomes a man
voice 2 [ vɔıs ] verb transitive
1. ) FORMAL to express your opinions or feelings about something, especially negative feelings:
Civil rights activists have voiced concern about the increase in surveillance cameras.
Matthew voiced some doubts about our plan.
2. ) TECHNICAL to produce a sound with your mouth and VOCAL CORDS

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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