[ ih-moht ]
/ ɪˈmoʊt /

verb (used without object), e·mot·ed, e·mot·ing.

to show or pretend emotion: to emote over the beauties of nature.
to portray emotion in acting, especially exaggeratedly or ineptly; behave theatrically: The actress emoted for all she was worth.

Nearby words

  1. emoji,
  2. emollient,
  3. emolument,
  4. emory,
  5. emory oak,
  6. emoticon,
  7. emotion,
  8. emotional,
  9. emotional correctness,
  10. emotional deprivation

Origin of emote

1915–20, Americanism; back formation from emotion

Related formse·mot·er, nouno·ver·e·mote, verb (used without object), o·ver·e·mot·ed, o·ver·e·mot·ing.

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British Dictionary definitions for emote


/ (ɪˈməʊt) /


(intr) to display exaggerated emotion, as in acting; behave theatrically
Derived Formsemoter, noun

Word Origin for emote

C20: back formation from emotion

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Word Origin and History for emote



1917, American English, back-formation from emotion. Related: Emoted; emoting.

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