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Examples of emote in a Sentence
He stood on the stage, emoting and gesturing wildly.
Recent Examples of emote from the Web
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).
There was a reason NBC glued its cameras to Ovechkin during the playoffs: No one emotes like the Great Elate.
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.
That quintessential teenager Mickey Rooney became a star of the Andy Hardy movies, while Deanna Durbin emoted for girls.
Galás burrowed into the lovelorn lyrics and emoted with the exasperated cadences of someone being buried alive.
The Aquarius moon is fueled by egalitarianism, so these individuals often emote based on their values rather than their sensitivities.
Johnson’s talent for creased-brow concern and flawlessly emoted sincerity gets a workout in Rampage, but at least Davis’ relationship with George is relatable and enjoyable.
The crowd, disbelieving, yelled and stared at Ledecka, encouraging her to emote.
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Did You Know?
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?"
EMOTE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of emote for English Language Learners
: to express emotion in a very dramatic or obvious way
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