[ 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.

Origin of emote

1915–20, Americanism; back formation from emotion


e·mot·er, nouno·ver·e·mote, verb (used without object), o·ver·e·mot·ed, o·ver·e·mot·ing.
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Examples from the Web for emoted

  • Later, she had become a soubrette and a star in merry little plays in which she sang and danced and "emoted," all in one evening.

British Dictionary definitions for emoted

/ (ɪˈməʊt) /


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

Derived forms of emote

emoter, noun

Word Origin for emote

C20: back formation from emotion
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