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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
voice /vɔɪs/USA pronunciation
n., v., voiced, voic•ing.WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
[countable] the sound or sounds uttered through the mouth of living creatures, esp. of human beings in speaking, singing, etc.
[uncountable] the pattern of such sounds characteristic of a particular person:I'd know his voice anywhere!
[uncountable] the ability to utter sounds through the mouth by controlling the air sent out; speech:He had such a sore throat that he lost his voice.
[uncountable] the condition or effectiveness of the voice for speaking or singing:in poor voice.
[countable] something like speech as conveying impressions to the mind:the voice of one's conscience.
[uncountable] expression in words or by other means:The audience gave voice to their disapproval.
[countable; usually singular] an expressed opinion, choice, will, or desire:the voice of the opposition.
[countable] the right to present and receive consideration of one's desires or opinions:to have a voice in company policy.
Music and Dance[countable] a singer:He is one of the great voices in opera.
Music and Dance[countable] a melodic part in a musical composition:a three-voice fugue.
Grammar[countable] a category or set of categories of the verb that show the relation of the subject to the verb:If the subject is the performer of the action, the verb is in the active voice; if the subject is the one receiving, benefiting, or being harmed by the action, then usually the verb is in the passive voice. The verb was carried is in the passive voice in the sentence I was carried to the hospital;
the verb carried is in the active voice in the sentence They carried me to the hospital.
v. [~ + object]
to express by words or utterances;
proclaim:They voiced their disapproval.
voice•less, adj. See -voc-.
- Idiomswith one voice, in complete agreement;
top1 /tɑp/USA pronunciation
n., adj., v., topped, top•ping.
the highest point, part, etc., of anything:the top of the mountain.
a lid of a container.
[usually singular] the highest or leading position:She's always ranked at the top of the class.
[countable; singular] the highest pitch or degree:shouting at the top of their voices.
the first part;
beginning:Take that last piece of music from the top.
Clothinga garment for the upper body:a skirt and a matching top.
a rooflike upper part or cover on a vehicle:They drove with the top down.
the head or the crown of the head:from top to toe.
Sportthe first half of an inning in baseball.
adj. [before a noun]
of or relating to the top; highest;
greatest:to pay top prices.
foremost, chief, or principal:Highest salaries are paid to the top players.
(among the) highest in rank or popularity; best:the top ten movies.
[~ + object] to furnish with a top;
put a top on:topped the sundae with a cherry.
[~ + object] to be at, form, or make up the top of:Ice cream topped the cake.
[~ + object] to reach the top of:to top the mountain peak.
[~ + object] to be greater than (something) in height, amount, etc.:Those unemployment figures topped the numbers for our worst years.
[~ + object] to surpass, excel, or outdo:I've seen some weird things before, but this tops everything.
[~ + object] to remove the top of; crop;
prune:to top a tree.
top out, [no object] to reach the highest level:Prices may have topped out at their highest level.
- to complete, esp. in a very good manner;
finish: [~ + off + object]On their anniversary they topped off the evening with champagne.[~ + object + off]And to top it off, they won three million dollars in the lottery.
top2 /tɑp/USA pronunciation
- Idiomsat the top of one's lungs or voice, as loudly as possible; with full voice.
- Idiomsoff the top of one's head, without thought or preparation:Off the top of my head I would say we've lost 83% of our oil refining capabilities.
- Idiomson top, successful;
on top of:
having won a victory:believes she'll always come out on top.
- over or upon:We put the plunger on top of the drain and pushed down hard.
- in addition to; over and above:They lost their jobs, car, and home, and on top of all that their children got sick.
- in control:The firefighters seem on top of the problem and will probably extinguish the fire soon.
- very or overly close to:People were living on top of each other.
- aware of; informed about:I like to stay on top of the news.
- Idiomson top of the world, very happy;
- a toy with a point on which it is made to spin.
- Idiomssleep like a top, to sleep soundly.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
voice /vɔɪs/ n
- the sound made by the vibration of the vocal cords, esp when modified by the resonant effect of the tongue and mouth
- the natural and distinctive tone of the speech sounds characteristic of a particular person
- the condition, quality, effectiveness, or tone of such sounds: a hysterical voice
- the musical sound of a singing voice, with respect to its quality or tone: she has a lovely voice
- the ability to speak, sing, etc: he has lost his voice
- a sound resembling or suggestive of vocal utterance: the voice of the sea, the voice of hard experience
- written or spoken expression, as of feeling, opinion, etc (esp in the phrase give voice to)
- a stated choice, wish, or opinion or the power or right to have an opinion heard and considered: to give someone a voice in a decision
- an agency through which is communicated another's purpose, policy, etc: such groups are the voice of our enemies
- musical notes produced by vibrations of the vocal cords at various frequencies and in certain registers: a tenor voice
- (in harmony) an independent melodic line or part: a fugue in five voices
- the sound characterizing the articulation of several speech sounds, including all vowels or sonants, that is produced when the vocal cords make loose contact with each other and are set in vibration by the breath as it forces its way through the glottis
- a category of the verb or verbal inflections that expresses whether the relation between the subject and the verb is that of agent and action, action and recipient, or some other relation
- in voice ⇒ in a condition to sing or speak well
- with one voice ⇒ unanimously
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French voiz, from Latin vōxˈvoicer n
- to utter in words; give expression to: to voice a complaint
- to articulate (a speech sound) with voice
- to adjust (a wind instrument or organ pipe) so that it conforms to the correct standards of tone colour, pitch, etc