emote

verb
\i-ˈmōt \
emoted; emoting

Definition of emote 

intransitive verb

: to give expression to emotion especially in acting

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Other Words from emote

emoter \i-​ˈmō-​tər \ noun

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Emote is an example of what linguists call a back-formation - that is, a word formed by trimming down an existing word (in this case, "emotion"). From the time "emote" was coined in the early 20th century, its use has tended to be less than entirely serious. It most often appears in humorous or deprecating descriptions of the work of actors. It is similarly used to describe theatrical behavior by nonactors, as in this passage by David Fontana, published in The New Republic on March 11, 2012: "We might not want our president to emote about economics or war; but why shouldn't a fan, or for that matter a sports announcer, emote about athletics, which is not after all a matter of world historical importance?"

Examples of emote in a Sentence

He stood on the stage, emoting and gesturing wildly.

Recent Examples on the Web

With the moon and sun in the same position, your emotions will be front-and-center, so give yourself plenty of space to emote. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Leo Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 There’s plenty of blood and plenty of emoting desperation, fear, and misery, but none of it lands with any weight in the wake of the raucously silly premise and tone. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "In You Might Be the Killer, a Twitter thread expands into a horror-comedy — barely," 5 Oct. 2018 One segment features a troupe dancing among the reflections of Johnson’s Glass House (1949), and the second films the same troupe emoting physically in the landscaped courtyards of Schindler’s pinwheeling wood-and-glass house on King’s Road (1922). Joseph Giovannini, New York Times, "In Three Famous Houses, Modern Living Unwinds," 28 June 2018 There was a reason NBC glued its cameras to Ovechkin during the playoffs: No one emotes like the Great Elate. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "The Great Wait Is Finally Over: After 13 Seasons, Alex Ovechkin Is a Stanley Cup Champion," 11 June 2018 James Van Der Beek is the star name in the cast, but co-creator Ryan Murphy showcases the transgender performers who strut through ball sequences, then emote in dramatic ones. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'Pose,' 'Dietland' offer strong heroines," 31 May 2018 That quintessential teenager Mickey Rooney became a star of the Andy Hardy movies, while Deanna Durbin emoted for girls. Michael Cart, Smithsonian, "How “Young Adult” Fiction Blossomed With Teenage Culture in America," 7 May 2018 Galás burrowed into the lovelorn lyrics and emoted with the exasperated cadences of someone being buried alive. James Reed, latimes.com, "Swoops, shrieks and croons: Diamanda Galás transfixes at Palace Theatre," 27 Apr. 2018 The Aquarius moon is fueled by egalitarianism, so these individuals often emote based on their values rather than their sensitivities. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Moon Sign Reveals About Your Emotional Personality," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of emote

1917, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for emote

back-formation from emotion

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emote

verb

English Language Learners Definition of emote

: to express emotion in a very dramatic or obvious way

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