Definition of voice in English:

voice

noun

  • 1The sound produced in a person's larynx and uttered through the mouth, as speech or song.

    ‘Meg raised her voice’
    mass noun ‘a worried tone of voice’
    • ‘Daniel likes to sing little songs in awful voices to make people laugh.’
    • ‘She yelped, but quickly shut her mouth as her voice echoed down the long stone hallway.’
    • ‘In song, the voices bounced off the walls of the church adding volume and creating a larger congregation than it really embraced.’
    • ‘As she got closer, the music became clearer and she could make out the sound of pipes and drums and voices raised in song.’
    • ‘They kept repeating their beautiful song, their voices sounding better and better each time.’
    • ‘What took me completely by surprise was that it was me: my voice, in my mouth.’
    • ‘He reminded her of the wonderful gift of her voice raised in song but he could not persuade her to sing again.’
    • ‘I love not being able to hear myself play the piano over the few hundred voices raised in song at church.’
    • ‘Once, when she was in elementary school, the nun stood at the front of a church filled with children out in the pews with their voices lifted in song.’
    • ‘It hurt just to open his mouth, and his voice did not sound the same when he did so.’
    • ‘Although the masks do not cover the actors' mouths, the lower registers of some voices are lost when sound is trapped between mask and face.’
    • ‘The whole museum rocked to the sound of happy voices singing ‘Twinkle Twinkle little star’ as each session ended.’
    • ‘The sound of their beautiful voices singing their joyous prayers, telling the story of Chek Chek and reiterating their simple creeds, followed us on our descent.’
    • ‘Pennons snapped in the winds, and the smells of incense rose from two vast temples, to the peripheral sound of thousands of voices raised in loving adoration.’
    • ‘Stacey choked on the word as it left her mouth, her voice was full of emotion.’
    • ‘Jackets and water proofs were donned, collars pulled up and voices raised in songs and chanting.’
    • ‘The singing begins and your attention is on the beat of the drum, the sound of the rattle, and the men's voices captured in song.’
    • ‘She tells a story about one song - doing the voices of herself and her mother.’
    • ‘By this time, the rain was pummelling the overhead skylight, but we just laughed and raised our voices.’
    • ‘Thrust a mic to an opera singer's mouth and the voice is rendered flat, tinny, indistinct.’
    1. 1.1 The ability to speak or sing.
      ‘she'd lost her voice’
      • ‘It would have been four hours long but he lost his voice from yelling too much.’
      • ‘I waved my arms in the air above my head and nearly lost my voice while trying to sing along.’
      • ‘I never even got to sing, having lost my voice early on in the evening.’
      • ‘No doubt he realised I was leaving, because the second he got his voice back, he spoke.’
      • ‘I lost my voice for a second but quickly recovered, though still nervous.’
      • ‘Staff said she was unable to speak to the press as she had lost her voice, believed to be as a result of a cold.’
      • ‘My mother and father were speaking in low voices about me.’
      • ‘Two or three minutes later we heard him clapping, which he would do if he needed attention after he lost his voice from the radiotherapy.’
      • ‘Ally, despite being very perceptive, didn't notice the pain in his voice as he spoke.’
      • ‘In the ensuing struggle his larynx was crushed and he lost his voice for 18 months.’
      • ‘Maybe he tried too hard in rehearsals and lost his voice a bit by the final taping.’
      • ‘When controllers picked up the voices of men speaking in Arabic and heavily accented English, they knew something was terribly wrong.’
      • ‘He couldn't understand what they were saying; too many voices were speaking at a time.’
      • ‘My older brother Maniramji lost his voice in 1944 and could not even croak leave alone sing.’
      • ‘When she finally did speak, her voice was low and broken as though she were about to cry.’
      • ‘My tongue is still a cold and distant stranger, but the thought speaks louder than my voice ever could.’
      • ‘He remained very ill, lost his voice and contracted a chest infection which lasted for some weeks.’
      • ‘Silence filled the room as the singer lost his voice, and the instruments faded away.’
      • ‘When at last he spoke, his voice was beguiling, and my senses seemed to calm of their own accord.’
      • ‘When she does speak though, her voice comes out clear and sounds very smooth.’
      power of speech
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    2. 1.2usually voices The supposed utterance of a guiding spirit.
      ‘they were admitted to hospital after expressing paranoid ideas and hearing voices’
      • ‘She is sure that the voices are spirits, proving there is life after death.’
      • ‘He does that while appearing cynical, often distancing himself from the utterances of those voices.’
      • ‘With regard to Counts 3, 5 and 6, the accused indicated that he had acted out as a result of hearing voices or spirits.’
      • ‘Slowly I started hearing voices; I could not relate to people, I was suspicious about others and doubted their motives towards me.’
      • ‘By age 12, Willoughby was hearing voices in his head.’
      • ‘Sometimes spirit voices seem to emanate from the trumpet.’
      • ‘The sound produced is supposed to be the voices of the ancestral spirits.’
      • ‘He strode on regardless, the voices guiding him.’
      • ‘Now, there's many ways to talk to your spirit guides, and some people already do it naturally, either in their heads, hearing voices, or writing things down.’
      • ‘Ganchi, she said, had a history of psychiatric problems going back to 1978 when he complained of hearing voices and became a patient at the Royal Bolton Hospital.’
      • ‘There was an art installation at the Tate in Liverpool once based on the idea that you could record the voices of spirits which float around in empty rooms.’
      • ‘She became aggressive and paranoid and was regularly admitted to mental hospitals, believing she was being persecuted and complaining of hearing voices.’
      • ‘Certain families resort to magico-religious remedies based on the belief that the voices are due to spirits and black magic.’
      • ‘She's loopy, see, and the suburbs are supposed to quiet the voices in her heads.’
      • ‘Then about five years later a variety of weird things happened which meant I had to make a choice about whether I was sensitive to that kind of thing, or just hearing voices in my head.’
      • ‘The brothers then went on tour, filling theatres with ghostly music, flying coats and spirit voices.’
      • ‘From the voices to visions, spirits, guides and demons, they all are different yet the same.’
      • ‘He complained of painful restlessness and hearing voices.’
      • ‘The boy had considered his options for days, and the voices had guided him well.’
      • ‘We were startled to hear a brook trickling far back in a tiny crevice a hundred feet up the cliff - the manitous, the spirit voices, the Ojibwa would say.’
    3. 1.3 The distinctive tone or style of a literary work or author.
      ‘she had strained and falsified her literary voice’
      • ‘With Twain, America gained a recognisable literary voice and form, just as it started on its path to superpower status.’
      • ‘The storyline, voices, and overall style are completely different.’
      • ‘Are there other so-called aboriginal cultural groups in Australia and similar voices like that of yours that use literary writing as the medium for the purpose?’
      • ‘Writers like Labé and Whitney were able to take advantage of the relatively new medium of print to establish their distinctive literary voices.’
      • ‘Like literary writers, they often did so by incorporating the voices of accepted authorities, particularly those of religious texts.’
      • ‘In the process of this literary excavation, valuable remains of silenced voices are unearthed and retrieved.’
      • ‘Simon has begun to develop a distinctive voice as both a fiction and nonfiction writer.’
      • ‘Under the author's objective gaze, even the voice of the narrator becomes an image.’
      • ‘We want distinctive literary voices, not ones that can be interchanged at will.’
      • ‘Writers like Giovanni are inspired by Franklin's signature voice and strive to project their own distinctive voices in their work.’
      • ‘This is both a strength, a welcome addition to the diversity of literary voices, and an inherent problem.’
      • ‘A decade in the making, this is the first in a four-volume series intended to document the oral and literary voices of African women.’
      • ‘A literary tour through the state evokes the voices of Percy, Welty, Williams, and more’
      • ‘His distinctive voice and presentation style was instantly recognisable.’
      • ‘Still, although Pi certainly has a voice, the literary cost of his boyish naivety is that he is somewhat empty as a character.’
      • ‘The characters of Millie and Jamie narrate their sections in their own styles, and their two voices are very distinctive.’
      • ‘I attach, with a few comments about their varying contexts, authors' own voices, and values, a list of the most scholarly books.’
      • ‘Wilson has a distinctive voice, and his delight in language communicates itself readily to his readers.’
      • ‘And it is always a pleasure to listen to her beguiling and distinctive literary voice.’
      • ‘At times the device is confusing, not least because the various voices are not sufficiently distinguished on the page, making it hard to see who says what.’
  • 2A particular opinion or attitude expressed.

    ‘a dissenting voice’
    • ‘It is important to hear the public's voices in this conversation.’
    • ‘We are saying to these older people: make your voice heard, your votes are crucial.'’
    • ‘We have all made our voices heard at a public meeting with the Primary Care Trust.’
    • ‘The blog sites added to the media mix with new voices, comments, opinions and contexts.’
    • ‘Regarding the impeachment case, Park should listen to the public opinion and voices from GNP members in rebellion.’
    • ‘Strange voices and opinions can occasionally be heard on North Yorkshire's airwaves during any late-night phone-in.’
    • ‘I heard very few dissenting voices and saw scant evidence of a balanced view.’
    • ‘While Dharma has laid himself open to criticism of misinterpretation, he has not heard dissenting voices so far.’
    • ‘I wish the public and organisations of good intention would make their voices heard.’
    • ‘Don't rely on others to make their voices heard when commenting to the City of York Council.’
    • ‘This includes an awareness of the value of dissenting voices and even heretical opinions in the Christian past.’
    • ‘But they have no vote, and they have little way of making their voices heard in policy-making.’
    • ‘People want to vote with their feet and let their voice be heard, but when it comes to all things European, they are not concerned.’
    • ‘The children are old enough that the court must hear their voices and wishes.’
    • ‘I mean, there are so many viewers who are so excited to be voting and to have their voice heard.’
    • ‘Children do not have votes, and their voices are not often heard in our politics, but our Labour values demand that we invest not in some of the potential of some of our children but in all the potential of all of our children.’
    • ‘We anticipated that there would be Americans here that would want their opinions and their voices heard.’
    • ‘Making your voice heard by voting in a referendum is of minor value.’
    • ‘On this occasion, dissenting voices were heard, elaborating reasoned arguments.’
    • ‘People feel pretty disenfranchised from the world around them - mostly their voices - their opinions - don't really matter in the slightest.’
    opinion, view, comment, feeling, wish, desire, vote, input
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    1. 2.1 An agency by which a point of view is expressed or represented.
      ‘once the proud voice of middle-class conservatism, the paper had fallen on hard times’
      • ‘Acehnese NGOs represent many voices of civil society at the grassroots level.’
      • ‘In this era, we need to represent different voices as well as maintain a gentlemanly tone.’
      • ‘However many staff expressed the view that it was important for the paper to have representative voices from ethnic communities.’
      • ‘Set up in 2000 to give a strong voice to consumers, the agency was representing their views and giving them advice and information.’
      • ‘Since the voices represent a number of government and non-governmental agencies, the public is often confused with inconsistent messages.’
      • ‘How well are the voices of all generations represented in the congregation's leadership groups?’
      • ‘The question is whether white film-makers can represent Indigenous voices.’
      • ‘It is not enough for democracies to let the majority reign supreme - the perils of not representing minority voices goes to the heart of its sustainability.’
      • ‘Has our government become blind to the wishes of our people and ultimately do they represent the voice of our island?’
      • ‘Once again, government voices were given prominence over the more sceptical view.’
      • ‘What I mean is that, despite the explicit claim to represent many voices, I don't see much difference on this site.’
      • ‘Issues of power can obscure the voices representing children's best interests.’
      • ‘What we don't have is a vote because our voice as members is represented by our Chapter delegates.’
      • ‘It is the role of the information and interaction designer to represent voices that are absent and to negotiate shared understandings despite differences.’
      • ‘Europeans have taken the lead (and their voices are represented in the comments in this issue).’
      • ‘The middle class and working families are not going to have a voice to represent them.’
      • ‘They must exist to represent the combined voice and rights of workers.’
      • ‘This represents and provides a voice for community and voluntary groups in Laois.’
      • ‘The Institute is also working hard to represent the voice of BC members on the national scene.’
      • ‘Whatever the Telegraph may tell its readers, such voices represent what large parts of the world think.’
      mouthpiece, forum, organ, agency, agent, representative, spokesperson, spokesman, spokeswoman, frontman, intermediary, medium, vehicle, instrument, channel, means of expression
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    2. 2.2in singular The right to express an opinion.
      ‘the new electoral system gives minority parties a voice’
      • ‘But they did not see an alternative beyond staying inside Labour and hoping to be allowed a voice in the party.’
      • ‘Even though you may think that you are but one small person, you still have a voice and the freedom to use it as you see fit.’
      • ‘In fact, the extreme right wing had a voice in the proceedings out of proportion to their size.’
      • ‘Where was the country's main opposition party when the elderly people of Ireland needed a voice?’
      • ‘The aim of the group is to work together towards the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of race by giving ethnic minorities a voice.’
      • ‘Extremists from the Right can only breed if the mainstream do not have a voice from the traditional parties.’
      • ‘At a time when the future of our public services is at the centre of the political debate, we must make clear that our members too have a right to a voice.’
      • ‘She said a voice on City of York Council that is free of party political influence is healthy for local democracy.’
      • ‘I'm happy to be a voice in the minority, and to say I enjoyed it all the way through.’
      • ‘That is why Jim Wallace is trying to find a new voice on civil liberties, with freedom of information legislation and penal reform.’
      • ‘Socialists who stressed the struggle of the poor, like the poet Attila József, were a minority voice.’
      • ‘All the husbands started ganging up then and demanding the right to a voice in my column.’
      • ‘Is it a question of the minoritarian finding a voice or the majoritarian shutting up and listening?’
      • ‘It acknowledges the right of the prostitute to a voice, the same right that the rest of us have.’
      • ‘Welcome to the movement sister, we sure could use a voice like yours right now!’
      • ‘It is time the rest of society reclaimed its right to have a voice in determining what their lives shall be like.’
      • ‘The wave of forced migrants brings people for whom rights and a voice for the pariah are essential to their survival.’
      • ‘As an owner, the company will have much more of a voice in the operations of both the team and the series.’
      • ‘Steve has just joined the Scottish Socialist Party and is a real voice of the people.’
      • ‘The need for expression and the right to an individual voice link these two plays, each rooted in Greek mythology.’
  • 3Music
    The range of pitch or type of tone with which a person sings, such as soprano or tenor.

    • ‘She didn't know why most girls liked baritone voices; tenor voices were so much more lyrical.’
    • ‘At times, it makes sense to play the soprano and alto voices with the right hand, the tenor and bass with the left hand.’
    • ‘The medieval church knew no choral polyphony, only the ensemble of three or four soloists, drawn from alto, tenor, and baritone voices.’
    • ‘It contrasts with the soprano voice, which has overtones of someone more out-going than Mary.’
    • ‘The group of unaccompanied voices comprises bass, baritone, tenor, mezzo-soprano and soprano.’
    range, area, region, reaches, sweep
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    1. 3.1 A vocal part in a composition.
      • ‘They were customarily for solo voice with continuo, but pieces for up to five voices were also composed and obbligato parts sometimes included.’
      • ‘The editorial markings by Alton Chan are helpful with excellent fingering, phrasing and voicing suggestions.’
      • ‘Listening and experience are indispensable in honing the exceptionally advanced voicing skills chamber music and accompanying require.’
      • ‘Breth suggests such things as a week's score of metronome practice, practicing in rhythms, chord voicing, jumps, counting and trill drills, and relaxation.’
      • ‘Pärt has written many a cappella works for several voices or chorus, and this new one, apart from its concision, is typical.’
    2. 3.2 A constituent part in a fugue.
      • ‘Bach's Art of Fugue sounds crystal clear, with voices separated in a way that couldn't be achieved by a human performer without computer help.’
      • ‘These seem to be simultaneous streams of attention, like two or three interacting contrapuntal voices in a Bach fugue.’
    3. 3.3 Each of the notes or sounds able to be produced simultaneously by a musical instrument (especially an electronic one) or a computer.
      • ‘The stored musical sounds and voices are then reproduced in accordance with the received pitch and timing information.’
      • ‘I can combine tools, images, and multiple voices to create three-dimensional computer worlds.’
    4. 3.4 (in an electronic musical instrument) each of a number of preset or programmable tones.
      • ‘The voices of other programs are digitized and even the environment has its own unique sounds.’
  • 4Phonetics
    mass noun Sound uttered with resonance of the vocal cords (used in the pronunciation of vowels and certain consonants).

    • ‘Expiration of air through vibrating vocal cords, used in the production of vowels and voiced consonants.’
    • ‘More generally, voiceless obstruents are more frequent in onset position than voiced obstruents.’
    • ‘The two characters are quite similar, and apparently both denote voiced back consonants.’
  • 5Grammar
    A form or set of forms of a verb showing the relation of the subject to the action.

    ‘the passive voice’
    • ‘Never use the passive voice in an incitement to action, however vile or reprehensible.’
    • ‘I used voices in the first person, second person, and third person.’
    • ‘In addition, most passive constructions do not exist in Chinese, because verbs often have identical passive and active voices.’
    • ‘George Orwell argues that the passive voice can be a tool for political abuse.’
    • ‘The passive voice is formed within the same paradigm, by be followed by the past participle, but is not a tense.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Express (something) in words.

    ‘get teachers to voice their opinions on important subjects’
    • ‘We have become unafraid of voicing our opinions, using our power, pooling our resources, and allowing our differences to aid us instead of keeping us apart.’
    • ‘Support your art community by voicing your opinion, and prove the visual arts are active and united in Calgary.’
    • ‘After all everyone was, or should have been, pulling together and voicing their opinion for the good of the team, so it would be particularly distasteful, if not unethical, should James profit from selling these stories.’
    • ‘Teachers, above all, should know that demonstrations and voicing one's opinion are the backbone and hard won right of any democracy.’
    • ‘Also, the author is specifically defining what kind of dissent is appropriate, as if he has a right to determine the proper way of voicing your opinion.’
    • ‘At the end of the concert, patrons expressed immense satisfaction of the production, with most voicing the opinion that this gospel show should be held more regularly.’
    • ‘All I've seen, so far, in the ‘world’ of blogs, is words, lots of words; many worded comments and certainly people who do not shy away from voicing their opinions.’
    • ‘However, now that the matter is before the courts, Mr O'Keeffe stressed that he did not want to interfere with the judicial process and was just voicing a personal opinion.’
    • ‘A stocky man who was seated near the head of the table was voicing his sarcastic opinion.’
    • ‘The community was never given any opportunity to voice their opinion on this decision.’
    • ‘You can support your art community by attending these events and voicing your opinion.’
    • ‘Kerry voiced his words very confidently and held a firm look on his face.’
    • ‘A large number of people were reluctant to talk about the elections with the Weekly at all, afraid they would get ‘in trouble’ for voicing their true opinions.’
    • ‘I opened my mouth to say something more but the words could not be voiced as I was silenced by the scene in front of me.’
    • ‘This means that when they do find a community where they are comfortable voicing their opinions, they often do so with a lot of energy and pride.’
    • ‘Adam, in turn, mulled over his father's words before he voiced the many questions whirling through his head.’
    • ‘Last week Charlie's opponent was Barroso himself who took the Irishman to task for voicing his opinion that the Commission wants to do away with Ireland's privileged corporation tax system.’
    • ‘I am all for standing up for what you believe, which should include voicing your opinions against wars and against presidents, if that is your calling.’
    • ‘We strongly encourage the Macalester community to voice their opinions on this issue.’
    • ‘In other words, I must become a string theorist to voice an opinion about it.’
    express, give expression to, vocalize, give voice to, put in words, give utterance to, communicate, declare, state, set forth, bring into the open, make public, assert, divulge, reveal, proclaim, announce, raise, table, air, ventilate, vent, give vent to, pour out, mention, talk of, point out, go into
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  • 2usually as adjective voicedPhonetics
    Utter (a speech sound) with resonance of the vocal cords (e.g. b, d, g, v, z).

    • ‘Words are often pronounced without voicing the H. For example, in the word, everything.’
    • ‘Since each language has its own way of voicing the consonants and the vowels, names of places as pronounced by locals in their native language seldom sound the same to an outsider.’
  • 3Music
    Regulate the tone quality of (organ pipes or a piano).

    • ‘Skills such as shaping of line, pedaling, wrist rotation, voicing and chord playing can be easily incorporated into the piano lesson.’
    • ‘We have analyzed the music and made our decisions about tempo and rubato, phrasing and articulation, voicing and dynamics.’
    • ‘By indicating a different dynamic for each staff, and by writing un peu en dehors above the middle staff, he left little doubt about the intended voicing hierarchy.’
    • ‘My sense of harmony, abrupt juxtapositions of texture, polyphonic approaches to rhythm, and voicing, probably have a lot to do with this relatively early fascination.’
    • ‘The student will enjoy exploring the many colors of piano dynamics, voicing and pedaling.’

Phrases

  • give voice to

    • Allow (a particular emotion or opinion) to be expressed.

      ‘he allowed the crowd to give voice to their frustrations’
      • ‘It's about making connections, having an awareness of one's heritage, and giving voice to different communities and their struggles against authority.’
      • ‘The idea seems to be that if one doesn't actually give voice to opinions then it's perfectly possible for listeners or viewers to believe that one might not have them at all.’
      • ‘It helps us to express ourselves - give voice to what we feel, think, see, believe, hope and desire.’
      • ‘Should we start to close down the internet, that great forum of free expression which is continually giving voice to the sad, the lonely and the downright insane?’
      • ‘The valuable role of civil society in giving voice to communities that governments cannot reach is also recognized, but its relationship with government and business is often characterized more by conflict than cooperation.’
      • ‘The campaign to amplify parent voices must focus on giving voice to each individual parent, not on enhancing the role of an allegedly representative group.’
      • ‘The assumption of many contemporaries and later historians has been that Aitken and other Chartist leaders gave voice to and expressed the will of ‘the people’ on these occasions.’
      • ‘They give voice to a lot of voices that don't otherwise get heard.’
      • ‘Woods turns away from the camera in the attempt to hide his annoyance, Sutton's head low to his chest, DiMarco trying unsuccessfully to find a way of giving voice to the huge American crowd.’
      • ‘I thought of myself as being a means to give voice to the Native community.’
      expression, utterance, verbalization, vocalization, airing
      express, give expression to, vocalize, give voice to, put in words, give utterance to, communicate, declare, state, set forth, bring into the open, make public, assert, divulge, reveal, proclaim, announce, raise, table, air, ventilate, vent, give vent to, pour out, mention, talk of, point out, go into
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  • in voice

    • In proper vocal condition for singing or speaking.

      ‘the soprano is in marvellous voice’
      • ‘And it is this difference in voice and her style of singing that Sapna feels is her main assets.’
      • ‘Robin Leggate's Captain Vere was all he needed to be, torn and sturdy, betraying - more in tone than in voice - a certain frailty.’
      • ‘I always felt that Richard Harris was miscast as Albus Dumbledore and although Michael Gambon is an improvement in voice and performance, I don't think he's quite got it, either.’
      • ‘In striking contrast to the earlier stanzas, stanzas fifteen and sixteen are consistent neither in tone nor in voice.’
      • ‘Ab-Liva and Sandman are the stylistic opposite of Clipse, burly in voice and muddy in inflection, intensifying most tracks, but usually just acting as foils.’
  • with one voice

    • In complete agreement; unanimously.

      ‘Conservatives must speak with one voice to get their message across’
      • ‘A party that speaks with one voice: the Prime Minister's.’
      • ‘‘We've lost ground in trying to find a diplomatic solution because the world has not spoken with one voice,’ she said.’
      • ‘But how does a movement that does not speak with one voice and that often marches energetically in different directions take the next step?’
      • ‘Instead, society should speak with one voice: every job is a good job, because doing it well will start you up the employment ladder.’
      • ‘The award was also welcomed by Scarborough Forum for Tourism, set up three years ago to allow all sectors of the industry, including residents groups, to speak with one voice.’
      • ‘While the industry insists it must stick together and speak with one voice, there have been individual voices of disapproval.’
      • ‘But just as surely, it must be noted that they were closer to speaking with one voice than at any other time in our history.’
      • ‘So you want to be a united front and speak with one voice and give clear directives to the contractor even as a couple.’
      • ‘But such strictures pertain only to traditional indigenes and minorities; these are deemed to speak with one voice, while others do not.’
      • ‘We must speak with one voice, and proudly promote the positive impact of the industry's substantial investment in server training.’
      united, in complete agreement, in complete accord, of one mind, like-minded, of the same mind, in harmony, at one, with one voice, concordant, undivided
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French vois, from Latin vox, voc-.

Pronunciation

voice

/vɔɪs/