\ ˈshīn How to pronounce shine (audio) \
shone\ ˈshōn How to pronounce shone (audio) , especially Canadian and British  ˈshän How to pronounce shone (audio) \ or shined; shining

Definition of shine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to emit rays of light
2 : to be bright by reflection of light
3a : to be eminent, conspicuous, or distinguished shines in math
b : to perform extremely well when will stocks really shine again?— Temma Ehrenfeld
4 : to have a bright glowing appearance his face shone with enthusiasm
5 : to be conspicuously evident or clear

transitive verb

1a : to cause to emit light
b : to throw or direct the light of
2 past tense and past participle shined : to make bright by polishing shined his shoes



Definition of shine (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : brightness caused by the emission of light
2 : brightness caused by the reflection of light : luster the shine of polished silver
3 : brilliance, splendor still has a shine about her
4 : fair weather : sunshine rain or shine
5 : trick, caper usually used in plural
6 : liking, fancy took a shine to him
7a : a polish or gloss given to shoes
b : a single polishing of a pair of shoes

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Synonyms for shine

Synonyms: Verb

beam, radiate, ray

Synonyms: Noun

burnish, gloss, luminance, luster (or lustre), polish, sheen

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Examples of shine in a Sentence


The sun was shining through the clouds. lamps shining from the windows She found a sport where she can really shine.


the shine of polished silver He had a nice shine on his shoes. Would you like a shine?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

No at-the-door tickets will be available for the rain-or-shine event. Marc Bona,, "Wine calendar: Stan Hywet debuts Off the Vine, Pinstripes offers $1 wine, more," 2 July 2019 By himself, Brown is a dangerous enough receiving threat to distract defenses and help lesser talents shine. Michael Beller,, "Season of the Switch: How Will Top Fantasy Stars Fare With Their New Teams?," 1 July 2019 Don’t get overly complex Following the stock market crash of 2008, investors dove headfirst into complex hedging strategies such as black swan funds that shine during a market crash or bear market funds that rise when stocks fall. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "Worried About Recession? Here are 3 Ways Investors Can Decrease Stock Market Risk," 26 June 2019 Want to show off some school spirit but still shine at the same time? Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "25 Homecoming Nail Ideas That'll Help You Stand Out," 25 June 2019 As if huge, ancient subterranean caverns weren’t enough, many of them are covered in twinkling blue glowworms that shine like stars above you. Liz Carlson, Outside Online, "8 Can't-Miss New Zealand Adventures," 24 June 2019 Ramy is the first sitcom to take an expansive look at Muslim American life, and so many of its best episodes shine with the sheer blissful energy of breaking new ground. Darren Franich,, "Emmys 2019: Consider Ramy Youssef for writing, directing, and starring in Ramy," 13 June 2019 That said, a critical component of every off-grid system is a reliable backup generator for times when the sun doesn’t shine, the wind doesn’t blow, and the stream dries up in the hot season. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How To Live Off the Grid," 10 June 2019 Shadow Play One area where dark mode does shine is in battery savings—but only if your phone has an OLED screen, and only if the dark mode design uses pure black. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Do You Really Need Dark Mode?," 8 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Yard sale: The annual Parma Heights Ward 3 yard sale will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 20, rain or shine. Carol Kovach,, "Parma Heights sailor helps keep country safe on the Fourth: Sun Postings," 2 July 2019 The event is also held rain or shine, with the artists deciding whether to work in the rain or not. Katie V. Jones,, "Get your brushes out for Paint It! Ellicott City," 27 June 2019 The Farmers Market on Grand Parkway Church of the Holy Apostles is host to the Farmers Market on Grand Parkway on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon rain or shine. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 23 June 2019 The event has a medieval theme and runs rain or shine. USA TODAY, "High Line milestones, Iowa’s big stink, Muscle Beach makeover: News from around our 50 states," 11 June 2019 The glossy, balmy formula doesn't add a ton of shine but brings a dose of hydration that keeps my lips alive and kicking. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "I Can't Stop Wearing Lip Liner With Lip Balm," 1 Nov. 2018 In keeping with the evening's look of classic shine, the Hate U Give actor also went with a metallic manicure. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Amandla Stenberg Wore a Black Gown to the London Premiere of "The Hate U Give"," 21 Oct. 2018 While intensifying concerns about a trade war have taken some of the shine off, Boeing is still the biggest gainer in the Dow Jones Industrial Average over the past 12 months. Esha Dey, The Seattle Times, "Boeing set for ‘excellent’ quarter, investors hungry for detail," 24 July 2018 Rain or shine, the market runs weekly on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. through Aug. 28, with the exception of the week of Fourth of July. Karie Angell Luc,, "Return of Highwood Evening Gourmet Market helps kick off summer in North Shore," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of shine


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shine


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

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English Language Learners Definition of shine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to give off light
: to have a smooth surface that reflects light
: to be very good or successful at an activity



English Language Learners Definition of shine (Entry 2 of 2)

: the brightness that results when light is reflected from a surface
: the act of polishing a pair of shoes


\ ˈshīn How to pronounce shine (audio) \
shone\ ˈshōn \ or shined; shining

Kids Definition of shine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to give off light The sun is shining.
2 : to be glossy : gleam He polished the silver until it shone.
3 : to direct the light of Shine the flashlight in that corner.
4 : to be outstanding She shines in sports.
5 : to make bright by polishing shine shoes



Kids Definition of shine (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : brightness from light given off or reflected the shine of polished silver
2 : fair weather : sunshine rain or shine
3 : polish entry 2 sense 1 My shoes need a shine.

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