From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishvoicevoice1 /vɔɪs/ ●●● S2 W1 noun 1 speaking [countable, uncountable] the sounds that you make when you speak, or the ability to make these sounds He recognized her voice instantly. I could hear angry voices.2 singing a) [countable, uncountable]APM the quality of sound you produce when you sing Sophie’s got a lovely singing voice b) [countable]APM a person singing a piece written for six voices and piano3 opinion a) [singular, uncountable]POWER the right or ability to express an opinion, to vote, or to influence decisions Parents should have a voice in deciding how their children are educated. b) [countable]SAY/STATE an opinion or wish that is expressed The government needs to listen to the voice of middle-class Americans. a fair, democratic society, in which individuals are able to make their voice heard (=express their opinion so that people notice it) Since the new program was introduced, there have been some dissenting voices (=people expressing disagreement). Senator Prior spoke out, adding her voice to the call for new laws to protect the environment.4 → speak with one voice5 REPRESENTrepresentative [singular] a person, organization, newspaper etc that expresses the opinions or wishes of a group of peoplevoice of The senator is the voice of the religious right.6 → the voice of reason/experience etc7 → give voice to something8 → inner voice9 → active/passive voiceCOLLOCATIONSadjectivesloudHer voice was loud and clear.quiet/low/soft (=not loud)When he spoke, his voice was soft and gentle.a deep/low voice (=near the bottom of the range of sounds)She heard the deep voice of her father downstairs.a high voice (=near the top of the range of sounds)They used to repeat her words in silly high voices.a clear voiceNatalia’s clear voice rang out.a small voice (=quiet and not strong or confident)She answered in a small voice, ‘I think I was afraid.’a trembling/shaking voice (=a voice that shakes because someone is very nervous or frightened)He stood up and began to speak in a trembling voice.a squeaky voice (=very high and not strong)The mouse talks in a little squeaky voice.a husky voice (=low and slightly rough but in an attractive way)She spoke in a husky voice, as though her throat was sore.a gravelly voice (=very deep and slightly rough)He sang to her in his famous gravelly voice.a sing-song voice (=a voice that goes high and low in a pleasant musical way)She began to recite the poem in a sing-song voice.verbsraise your voice (=speak more loudly)She did not raise her voice, or express any anger.lower your voice (=speak more quietly)He lowered his voice to a whisper.keep your voice down (=not speak loudly)Keep your voice down, they’ll hear you!lose your voice (=lose the ability to speak, for example when you have a cold)I'll have to whisper because I've lost my voice.somebody’s voice rises (=becomes louder or higher)Her voice rose in panic.somebody’s voice drops (=becomes lower)Lockhart’s voice dropped so that it could only just be heard.somebody’s voice breaks/cracks (=becomes higher or unsteady because they are upset)Her voice broke and she was unable to continue.a boy’s voice breaks (=becomes deep as he becomes a man)His voice had only recently broken.somebody’s voice trembles/shakes (=sounds unsteady)His voice shook with anger.somebody’s voice trails off/away (=becomes quieter until you cannot hear it)‘It's just that … ’, his voice trailed away uncertainly.phrasesin a loud/soft/deep etc voice‘Where is she?’, Kate demanded in a shrill voice.somebody’s tone of voiceHis tone of voice was aggressive.at the top of your voice (=in a very loud voice)She shouted ‘Help!’ at the top of her voice.
Examples from the Corpusvoice• Obviously I couldn't mime to a voice of seventeen years ago, no way on earth!• I could hear Dan's angry voice shouting ''stupid idiot''.• The solo quartet was not always well balanced, but individually the two female voices were particularly striking.• However, those same three astronauts, when coming down, gave voice to a couple of suggestions.• She was startled to hear voices coming from upstairs.• I thought I heard voices outside.• There was a note of irritation in her voice.• ''Sorry I'm late'', she said, in a low voice.• Blanche's voice suddenly became quiet and insinuating, without a trace of hostility.• The piece was written for six voices and piano.• She has a very high, squeaky voice.• He has a beautiful tenor voice.• "Wired" magazine quickly became the voice of the computer-generation.• This is the voice of winter talking: Go for the Outback.adding ... voice to• Doctors, nurses, unions, patient groups and even local schoolchildren are adding their voices to the protest.the voice of• The threat of imperialist attack remains, and the bureaucracy uses this threat quite consciously to periodically silence the voices of opposition.• She was heartbroken to hear the voice of Camilla.• It was then Gedanken realized that all along she had been hearing the voices of the beetles over a loudspeaker.• He hears the voice of his people constantly, calling him.• This is the voice of Britain's dying patience.• Nine years without the fingers or the voice of Baby Suggs was too much.• They had been listening to so many other voices, why would they not listen to the voices of their sons?• However, while the voice of reason is presently peripheral, its steady hum may well be heard.