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.
- (intr) to display exaggerated emotion, as in acting; behave theatrically
1917, American English, back-formation from emotion. Related: Emoted; emoting.