voice ( voices plural & 3rd person present) ( voicing present participle) ( voiced past tense & past participle )
1 n-count When someone speaks or sings, you hear their voice.
oft poss N, adj N
Miriam's voice was strangely calm..., `The police are here,' she said in a low voice..., There was a sound of loud voices from the kitchen...
2 n-count Someone's voice is their opinion on a particular topic and what they say about it.
What does one do when a government simply refuses to listen to the voice of the opposition?...
3 n-sing If you have a voice in something, you have the right to express an opinion on it.
N in n
Egypt is once again accepted as an important voice in Arab politics...
4 verb If you voice something such as an opinion or an emotion, you say what you think or feel.
Some scientists have voiced concern that the disease could be passed on to humans... V n
The predominant opinion voiced by Detroit's Arab population seems to be one of frustration. V-ed
5 n-sing In grammar, if a verb is in the active voice, the person who performs the action is the subject of the verb. If a verb is in the passive voice, the thing or person affected by the action is the subject of the verb.
the adj N
6 If you give voice to an opinion, a need, or a desire, you express it aloud.
give voice to phrase V inflects, PHR n
...a community radio run by the Catholic Church which gave voice to the protests of the slum-dwellers.
7 If someone tells you to keep your voice down, they are asking you to speak more quietly.
keep one's voice down phrase V inflects
Keep your voice down, for goodness sake.
8 If you lose your voice, you cannot speak for a while because of an illness.
lose one's voice phrase V inflects
I had to be careful not to get a sore throat and lose my voice.
9 If you raise your voice, you speak more loudly. If you lower your voice, you speak more quietly.
raise one's voice/lower one's voice phrase V inflects
He raised his voice for the benefit of the other two women..., She'd lowered her voice until it was barely audible.
10 If you say something at the top of your voice, you say it as loudly as possible.
at the top of one's voice phrase Ns inflect (emphasis)
`Damn!' he yelled at the top of his voice.
11 If a number of people say something with one voice, they all express the same opinion about something.
with one voice phrase This would enable the community to speak with one voice in world affairs.
voice box ( voice boxes plural ) Your voice box is the top part of the tube that leads from your throat to your lungs, which contains your vocal cords. n-count
Voice mail is a system of sending messages over the telephone. Calls are answered by a machine which connects you to the person you want to leave a message for, and they can listen to their messages later. n-uncount
voice-over ( voice-overs plural ) , voiceover The voice-over of a film, television programme, or advertisement consists of words which are spoken by someone who is not seen. n-count
89% of advertisements had a male voice-over.