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shine

play
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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of shine

shone play \ˈshōn, especially Canada & British ˈshän\ or shinedshining

  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 in a sentence

  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


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shine

noun

Simple Definition of shine

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

  • : the act of polishing a pair of shoes

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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



SHINE Defined for Kids

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shine

play
verb \ˈshīn\

Definition of shine for Students

shone \ˈshōn\ or shinedshining

  1. 1 :  to give off light <The sun is shining.>

  2. 2 :  to be glossy :  gleam <He polished the silver until it shone.>

  3. 3 :  to direct the light of <Shine the flashlight in that corner.>

  4. 4 :  to be outstanding <She shines in sports.>

  5. 5 :  to make bright by polishing <shine shoes>




2

shine

play
noun

Definition of shine for Students

  1. 1 :  brightness from light given off or reflected <the shine of polished silver>

  2. 2 :  fair weather :  sunshine <rain or shine>

  3. 3 :  2polish 1 <My shoes need a shine.>





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