Definition of emotionally in US English:

emotionally

adverb

  • 1In a way that relates to a person's emotions.

    ‘an opportunity for parent and child to connect emotionally’
    ‘Gill was emotionally unstable’
    • ‘His son plays him like a fiddle, using him as an excuse and emotionally blackmailing him into submission.’
    • ‘If the parent or care giver is emotionally distressed, provide relief and support.’
    • ‘Leon's so emotionally numb that all he seems capable of feeling is guilt and rage.’
    • ‘This was a romanticized place where masculine types could prove themselves physically and emotionally.’
    • ‘While emotionally charged, these canvases seem less paeans to nature than flights of the artist's imagination.’
    • ‘This setting isn't accidental; Perry is a young man in transit - emotionally, artistically, sexually.’
    • ‘He runs away and never comes back, emotionally damaged beyond repair.’
    • ‘Van Gogh was extremely dependent on his brother, both financially and emotionally.’
    • ‘Reason told him he had to make a break no matter how emotionally painful the separation might be.’
    • ‘The people trudged through their rainy grey days, repressed and emotionally withdrawn.’
    1. 1.1 In a manner characterized by intense feeling.
      ‘staff reacted emotionally to the good news’
      ‘she spoke emotionally about her father’
      • ‘One person shouted emotionally, "I want in, I have been on the fringe for too long."’
      • ‘He responded emotionally that he would call former President Carter, with whom he said he was in touch, and started to leave.’
      • ‘Women's groups seem to behave more aggressively and more emotionally in response to this common perception of feminists as bitter and militant.’
      • ‘She emotionally recalls what it was like as a teenager running into her homeless dad on the streets and pretending she didn't know him.’
      • ‘Being really, really proud of the music that you've made helps you write emotionally about stuff.’
      • ‘Why do people respond emotionally to films that they know are fictional?’
      • ‘But you sound like you're reacting emotionally, and not really rationally with such a response, but so be it.’
      • ‘Even if I plan ahead for a discussion with my spouse, my boss or my child, I still find myself acting emotionally.’
      • ‘White has spoken emotionally in defence of his professional integrity and personal pride.’
      • ‘He played emotionally through his songs before leaving us on a positive note, with "Smile to the world".’

Pronunciation

emotionally

/əˈmoʊʃ(ə)nəli//əˈmōSH(ə)nəlē/