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
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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Related Words for emoting

overplay, exaggerate, dramatize, act, overdramatize, overact

Examples from the Web for emoting

Contemporary Examples of emoting

Historical Examples of emoting

  • "I'm sorry, madame," I said standing and walking over to where Tony was emoting, with the back of his hand pressed to his eyes.

    Tinker's Dam

    Joseph Tinker

British Dictionary definitions for emoting



(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 emoting



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

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