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VOICE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does voice mean? 

VOICE (noun)
  The noun VOICE has 11 senses:

1. the distinctive quality or pitch or condition of a person's speech
2. the sound made by the vibration of vocal folds modified by the resonance of the vocal tract
3. a sound suggestive of a vocal utterance
4. expressing in coherent verbal form
5. a means or agency by which something is expressed or communicated
6. something suggestive of speech in being a medium of expression
7. (metonymy) a singer
8. an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose
9. the ability to speak
10. (linguistics) the grammatical relation (active or passive) of the grammatical subject of a verb to the action that the verb denotes
11. the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music

  Familiarity information: VOICE used as a noun is familiar.


VOICE (verb)
  The verb VOICE has 2 senses:

1. give voice to
2. utter with vibrating vocal chords

  Familiarity information: VOICE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


VOICE (noun)


Sense 1voice [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The distinctive quality or pitch or condition of a person's speech

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

A shrill voice sounded behind us

Hypernyms ("voice" is a kind of...):

sound (the particular auditory effect produced by a given cause)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "voice"):

androglossia (a woman's voice with male qualities)


Sense 2voice [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The sound made by the vibration of vocal folds modified by the resonance of the vocal tract

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

phonation; vocalisation; vocalization; vox; vocalism; voice

Context examples:

a singer takes good care of his voice / the giraffe cannot make any vocalizations

Hypernyms ("voice" is a kind of...):

communication (something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "voice"):

singing voice (the musical quality of the voice while singing)

sprechgesang; sprechstimme (a style of dramatic vocalization between singing and speaking)

voice over (the voice on an unseen commentator in a film of television program)


Sense 3voice [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sound suggestive of a vocal utterance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context examples:

the noisy voice of the waterfall / the incessant voices of the artillery

Hypernyms ("voice" is a kind of...):

sound (the sudden occurrence of an audible event)


Sense 4voice [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Expressing in coherent verbal form

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

articulation; voice

Context examples:

the articulation of my feelings / I gave voice to my feelings

Hypernyms ("voice" is a kind of...):

expression; verbal expression; verbalism (the communication (in speech or writing) of your beliefs or opinions)


Sense 5voice [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A means or agency by which something is expressed or communicated

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context examples:

the voice of the law / the Times is not the voice of New York / conservatism has many voices

Hypernyms ("voice" is a kind of...):

agency; means; way (how a result is obtained or an end is achieved)


Sense 6voice [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something suggestive of speech in being a medium of expression

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context examples:

the wee small voice of conscience / the voice of experience / he said his voices told him to do it

Hypernyms ("voice" is a kind of...):

communication (something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups)


Sense 7voice [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(metonymy) a singer

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Context example:

he wanted to hear trained voices sing it

Hypernyms ("voice" is a kind of...):

singer; vocaliser; vocalist; vocalizer (a person who sings)

Domain category:

metonymy (substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in 'they counted heads'))


Sense 8voice [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

spokesperson; representative; interpreter; voice

Context example:

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

Hypernyms ("voice" is a kind of...):

advocate; advocator; exponent; proponent (a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "voice"):

bagman; commercial traveler; commercial traveller; roadman; traveling salesman; travelling salesman (a salesman who travels to call on customers)

spokeswoman (a female spokesperson)

spokesman (a male spokesperson)

mouth; mouthpiece (a spokesperson (as a lawyer))

flack; flack catcher; flak; flak catcher (a slick spokesperson who can turn any criticism to the advantage of their employer)

ambassador (an informal representative)


Sense 9voice [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The ability to speak

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

he lost his voice

Hypernyms ("voice" is a kind of...):

physical ability (the ability to perform some physical act; contrasting with mental ability)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "voice"):

lung-power (the ability to speak loudly)


Sense 10voice [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Hypernyms ("voice" is a kind of...):

grammatical relation (a linguistic relation established by grammar)

Domain category:

linguistics (the scientific study of language)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "voice"):

active; active voice (the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb)

passive; passive voice (the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is the recipient (not the source) of the action denoted by the verb)


Sense 11voice [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

part; voice

Context example:

he tried to sing the tenor part

Hypernyms ("voice" is a kind of...):

air; line; melodic line; melodic phrase; melody; strain; tune (a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "voice"):

bass; bass part (the lowest part in polyphonic music)

accompaniment; backup; musical accompaniment; support (a subordinate musical part; provides background for more important parts)

voice part (a part written for a singer)

secondo (the second or lower part of a duet (especially a piano duet))

primo (the principal part of a duet (especially a piano duet))


VOICE (verb)


Sense 1voice [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give voice to

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

He voiced his concern

Hypernyms (to "voice" is one way to...):

express; give tongue to; utter; verbalise; verbalize (articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2voice [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Utter with vibrating vocal chords

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

vocalize; voice; vocalise; sound

Hypernyms (to "voice" is one way to...):

articulate; enounce; enunciate; pronounce; say; sound out (speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "voice"):

chirk (make a shrill creaking, squeaking, or noise, as of a door, mouse, or bird)

quaver; waver (give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Antonym:

devoice (utter with tense vocal chords)


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