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English noun: voice

1. voice (attribute) the distinctive quality or pitch or condition of a person's speech

SamplesA shrill voice sounded behind us.

Broader (hypernym)sound

Narrower (hyponym)androglossia

2. voice (communication) the sound made by the vibration of vocal folds modified by the resonance of the vocal tract

SamplesA singer takes good care of his voice.
The giraffe cannot make any vocalizations.

Synonymsphonation, vocalisation, vocalism, vocalization, vox

Broader (hypernym)communication

Narrower (hyponym)singing voice, sprechgesang, sprechstimme, voice over

3. voice (event) a sound suggestive of a vocal utterance

SamplesThe noisy voice of the waterfall.
The incessant voices of the artillery.

Broader (hypernym)sound

4. voice (communication) expressing in coherent verbal form

SamplesThe articulation of my feelings.
I gave voice to my feelings.


Broader (hypernym)expression, verbal expression, verbalism

5. voice (act) a means or agency by which something is expressed or communicated

SamplesThe voice of the law.
The Times is not the voice of New York.
Conservatism has many voices.

Broader (hypernym)agency, means, way

6. voice (communication) something suggestive of speech in being a medium of expression

SamplesThe wee small voice of conscience.
The voice of experience.
He said his voices told him to do it.

Broader (hypernym)communication

7. voice (person) (metonymy) a singer

SamplesHe wanted to hear trained voices sing it.

Broader (hypernym)singer, vocaliser, vocalist, vocalizer

Domain categorymetonymy

8. voice (person) an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose

SamplesThe meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major organs of government.

Synonymsinterpreter, representative, spokesperson

Broader (hypernym)advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent

Narrower (hyponym)ambassador, bagman, commercial traveler, commercial traveller, flack, flack catcher, flak, flak catcher, mouth, mouthpiece, roadman, spokesman, spokeswoman, traveling salesman, travelling salesman

9. voice (attribute) the ability to speak

SamplesHe lost his voice.

Broader (hypernym)physical ability

Narrower (hyponym)lung-power

10. voice (linguistics) the grammatical relation (active or passive) of the grammatical subject of a verb to the action that the verb denotes

Broader (hypernym)grammatical relation

Narrower (hyponym)active, active voice, passive, passive voice

Domain categorylinguistics

11. voice (communication) the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music

SamplesHe tried to sing the tenor part.


Broader (hypernym)air, line, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, strain, tune

Narrower (hyponym)accompaniment, backup, bass, bass part, musical accompaniment, primo, secondo, support, voice part

English verb: voice

1. voice (communication) give voice to

SamplesHe voiced his concern.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize

2. voice (communication) utter with vibrating vocal chords

Synonymssound, vocalise, vocalize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out

Narrower (hyponym)chirk, quaver, waver


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