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What voices can do

break

verb

if a boy’s voice breaks, it becomes deeper and he starts to sound like a man

break

verb

if someone’s voice breaks, they become unable to speak clearly, usually because they are upset

choke

verb

if your voice chokes, you cannot speak clearly, usually because of a strong emotion or because you are laughing

crack

verb

if your voice cracks, it goes higher and lower, and you cannot control it, especially because of a strong emotion or because you are going to cry

drop

verb

if you drop your voice, or if your voice drops, you speak less loudly

fall

verb

if someone’s voice falls, it becomes quieter

harden

verb

if your expression or voice hardens, you begin to look or sound unfriendly

lift

verb

if your voice lifts, or if you lift it, you start to talk more loudly

modulate

verb

if you modulate your voice, or if it modulates, you change the way it sounds

quaver

verb

if your voice quavers, it is not steady because you are feeling nervous or afraid

rise

verb

if your voice rises, it gets higher, often because of a strong feeling

shake

verb

if your voice shakes, it sounds weak, nervous, or emotional

trail away

if someone’s voice or words trail away or trail off, they gradually become silent

tremble

verb

if your voice trembles, you cannot talk in a steady calm way, especially because you are nervous, afraid, or excited

wobble

verb

if your voice wobbles, it goes up and down, usually because you are frightened or not confident, or you are trying not to cry

someone’s voice breaks

when a boy’s voice breaks, it becomes deeper as he becomes a man

throw your voice

to make your voice sound as if it is coming from somewhere else

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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