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

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 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. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Rampage is laughably dumb, but at least there’s plenty of rampaging," 11 Apr. 2018 The crowd, disbelieving, yelled and stared at Ledecka, encouraging her to emote. Barry Svrluga, Anchorage Daily News, "Olympic gold medalist Ester Ledecka is the fastest snowboarder on two skis. Wait, what?," 18 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'emote.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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The first known use of emote was in 1917

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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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