verb (used without object), e·mot·ed, e·mot·ing.
Origin of emote
1915–20, Americanism; back formation from emotion
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(intr) to display exaggerated emotion, as in acting; behave theatrically
Word Origin for emote
C20: back formation from emotion
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1917, American English, back-formation from emotion. Related: Emoted; emoting.
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