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emote

[ih-moht]
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verb (used without object), e·mot·ed, e·mot·ing.
  1. to show or pretend emotion: to emote over the beauties of nature.
  2. to portray emotion in acting, especially exaggeratedly or ineptly; behave theatrically: The actress emoted for all she was worth.
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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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overplay, exaggerate, dramatize, act, overdramatize, overact

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British Dictionary definitions for emote

emote

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

Word Origin for emote

C20: back formation from emotion
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Word Origin and History for emote

v.

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

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