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[ih-moht] /ɪˈmoʊt/
verb (used without object), emoted, emoting.
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 forms
emoter, noun
overemote, verb (used without object), overemoted, overemoting. Unabridged
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(intransitive) to display exaggerated emotion, as in acting; behave theatrically
Derived Forms
emoter, noun
Word Origin
C20: back formation from emotion
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Word Origin and History for emote

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  1. To play a theatrical role, esp one calling for a strong display of emotion; ham: all been panting to see her emote in the gangster film
  2. To indulge in a display of feeling, esp a pretense: Now she's emoting about the electric bill (1917+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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emote in Technology

(emotion) A command used on talk systems and MUDs to indicate the performance of an action, usually a facial expression of emotional state.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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