voice

Literally, your voice is the sound coming out of your mouth. Metaphorically, voice can also mean the way people express themselves.

People have high voices, low voices, quiet voices, and loud voices — but the concept of voice goes well beyond people talking or singing. Writers talk about finding their voice, which means they've developed a unique identity or style. A lawyer can be your voice in court, where he can speak to the judge about your concerns. If you are shut out of some process, then you have no voice in that process.

Definitions of voice
  1. noun
    the sound made by the vibration of vocal folds modified by the resonance of the vocal tract
    “a singer takes good care of his voice
    synonyms: phonation, vocalisation, vocalism, vocalization, vox
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    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
    bass, bass voice, basso
    the lowest adult male singing voice
    baritone, baritone voice
    the second lowest adult male singing voice
    tenor, tenor voice
    the adult male singing voice above baritone
    alto, countertenor
    the highest adult male singing voice
    alto, contralto
    the lowest female singing voice
    mezzo, mezzo-soprano
    the female singing voice between contralto and soprano
    soprano
    the highest female voice; the voice of a boy before puberty
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    communication
    something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
  2. noun
    the distinctive quality or pitch or condition of a person's speech
    “A shrill voice sounded behind us”
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    androglossia
    a woman's voice with male qualities
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    sound
    the particular auditory effect produced by a given cause
  3. noun
    the ability to speak
    “he lost his voice
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    lung-power
    the ability to speak loudly
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    physical ability
    the ability to perform some physical act; contrasting with mental ability
  4. noun
    a sound suggestive of a vocal utterance
    “the noisy voice of the waterfall”
    “the incessant voices of the artillery”
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    sound
    the sudden occurrence of an audible event
  5. noun
    the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music
    synonyms: part
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    primo
    the principal part of a duet (especially a piano duet)
    secondo
    the second or lower part of a duet (especially a piano duet)
    voice part
    a part written for a singer
    accompaniment, backup, musical accompaniment, support
    a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts
    bass, bass part
    the lowest part in polyphonic music
    canto
    the highest part (usually the melody) in a piece of choral music
    descant, discant
    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
    vamp
    an improvised musical accompaniment
    ground bass
    a short melody in the bass that is constantly repeated
    basso continuo, continuo, figured bass, thorough bass
    a bass part written out in full and accompanied by numbers to indicate the chords to be played
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    air, line, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, strain, tune
    a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
  6. verb
    utter with vibrating vocal chords
    synonyms: sound, vocalise, vocalize
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    devoice
    utter with tense vocal chords
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    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
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    articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out
    speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
  7. noun
    a means or agency by which something is expressed or communicated
    “the voice of the law”
    “the Times is not the voice of New York”
    “conservatism has many voices
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    agency, means, way
    how a result is obtained or an end is achieved
  8. noun
    something suggestive of speech in being a medium of expression
    “the wee small voice of conscience”
    “the voice of experience”
    “he said his voices told him to do it”
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    communication
    something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
  9. noun
    expressing in coherent verbal form
    “I gave voice to my feelings”
    synonyms: articulation
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    expression, verbal expression, verbalism
    the communication (in speech or writing) of your beliefs or opinions
  10. verb
    give voice to
    “He voiced his concern”
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    express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise
  11. noun
    an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose
    synonyms: interpreter, representative, spokesperson
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    ambassador
    an informal representative
    flack, flack catcher, flak, flak catcher
    a slick spokesperson who can turn any criticism to the advantage of their employer
    mouth, mouthpiece
    a spokesperson (as a lawyer)
    spokesman
    a male spokesperson
    spokeswoman
    a female spokesperson
    bagman, commercial traveler, commercial traveller, roadman, traveling salesman, travelling salesman
    a salesman who travels to call on customers
    tallyman
    one who sells goods on the installment plan
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    advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent
    a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
  12. noun
    (metonymy) a singer
    “he wanted to hear trained voices sing it”
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    singer, vocaliser, vocalist, vocalizer
    a person who sings
  13. noun
    (linguistics) the grammatical relation (active or passive) of the grammatical subject of a verb to the action that the verb denotes
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    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
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    grammatical relation
    a linguistic relation established by grammar
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