[ ih-moht ]
/ ɪˈmoʊt /
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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.
Digital Technology. (in an online chat or video game) to give a conventionalized descriptive account of an action or emotion or prompt one’s in-game avatar to perform an animated action or emotion using a command or code: To emote, type a forward slash and one of the commands from the list in chat.
noun Digital Technology.
  1. (in an online chat or video game) a typed command or code that is translated into a descriptive account of an action or emotion, or that causes one’s in-game avatar to perform an action or emotion: Standard emotes in online video games allow you to cheer, greet, and thank other characters.
  2. (in a video game) the animation that is performed when such a code is entered: The first thing I do in a new game is check out my character’s dance emote.
(in an online chat) a posted image, especially on the Twitch streaming video channel, that has a fixed but nontransparent meaning in the video gaming community: Classic emotes feature popular streamers making faces.
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Origin of emote

An Americanism first recorded in 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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British Dictionary definitions for emote

/ (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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