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noun voice pronunciation in American English /vɔɪs/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the sounds that someone makes when they speak
    A female voice answered the phone.
    We could hear voices in the next apartment.
    He tried to keep the irritation out of his voice.
    a man with a deep/soft/loud voice
    in a ... voice: The woman at the desk greeted him in a bored voice.
    tone of voice (=the aspect of your voice that shows how you feel): I knew from his tone of voice that he was extremely annoyed.
    in someone’s voice (=when someone’s attitude or feelings are shown in the way that they speak): Phillips called back later, and this time there was real irritation in his voice.
    1. a.
      [uncountable] someones ability to speak
      lose your voice: I have a cold – I think I’m losing my voice.
    2. b.
      [countable/uncountable] someones ability to sing
      My father had a fine bass voice.
      be in good/fine voice (=be singing well): You’re in good voice tonight!
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    3. c.
      [countable] music one of the singers in a piece of classical music
      an arrangement for piano and four voices
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  2. 2
    [singular] the right or opportunity to express your opinions and influence what happens
    The apartheid system left the majority of the population without a political voice.
    have a voice (in something): Parents should have a voice in any changes to the school curriculum.
    give voice to something (=express something publicly): Her article gave voice to the anger felt by many local people.
    1. a.
      [countable] the opinion of a person or group
      voice of: The voice of ordinary party members was rarely listened to.
      make your voice heard (=make sure that your opinion is known to others): Anti-capitalist groups used street protests as a way of making their voices heard.
  3. 3
    [singular] a person, newspaper, organization, etc. that expresses a particular idea or that represents the opinions of a particular group
    The paper sees itself as the authentic voice of Middle America.
    voice of reason/authority/experience etc.: The senator has long been a voice of reason on this issue.
  4. 4
    [countable] formal the individual, personal style of a particular writer
    Anna finally found her voice as a writer.



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