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verb \ˈshīn\

Simple Definition of shine

  • : to give off light

  • : to have a smooth surface that reflects light

  • : to be very good or successful at an activity

Full Definition of shine

shone play \ˈshōn, especially Canada & British ˈshän\ or shinedshin·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to emit rays of light

  3. 2 :  to be bright by reflection of light

  4. 3a :  to be eminent, conspicuous, or distinguished <shines in mathematics>b :  to perform extremely well <when will stocks really shine again? — Temma Ehrenfeld>

  5. 4 :  to have a bright glowing appearance <his face shone with enthusiasm>

  6. 5 :  to be conspicuously evident or clear

  7. transitive verb
  8. 1a :  to cause to emit lightb :  to throw or direct the light of

  9. 2 past & past part shined :  to make bright by polishing <shined his shoes>

Examples of shine

  1. The sun was shining through the clouds.

  2. lamps shining from the windows

  3. She found a sport where she can really shine.

Origin of shine

Middle English, from Old English scīnan; akin to Old High German skīnan to shine and perhaps to Greek skia shadow

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of shine

  • : the brightness that results when light is reflected from a surface

  • : the act of polishing a pair of shoes

Full Definition of shine

  1. 1 :  brightness caused by the emission of light

  2. 2 :  brightness caused by the reflection of light :  luster <the shine of polished silver>

  3. 3 :  brilliance, splendor <still has a shine about her>

  4. 4 :  fair weather :  sunshine <rain or shine>

  5. 5 :  trick, caper —usually used in plural

  6. 6 :  liking, fancy <took a shine to him>

  7. 7a :  a polish or gloss given to shoesb :  a single polishing of a pair of shoes

Examples of shine

  1. the shine of polished silver

  2. He had a nice shine on his shoes.

  3. Would you like a shine?

15th Century

First Known Use of shine

15th century

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February 6, 2016

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