\ˈshīn \
shone\ˈshōn, especially Canadian and British ˈshän \ 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

With Tonlé Sap and Battambang, two on-the-cusp locations that Teyssier hopes to shine a light on, the potential of a lasting infrastructure is easier to see. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Deeper in Cambodia," 19 Nov. 2018 Above, Serre opened up her studio doors to Vogue 24 hours ahead of her Spring 2019 show to shine a light on her technique, her undeniably cool vision, and her humble know-how. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "How Marine Serre Made “Hardcore Couture” Happen 24 Hours Before Her Runway Show in Paris," 27 Sep. 2018 The Medscape survey found far less serious behavior — after all, physicians rarely are as vulnerable as patients may be — but does shine a light on a difficult workplace situation, especially for women clinicians. Mary Bernard,, "Doctors report high rates of sexual harassment by patients, survey finds," 12 July 2018 The hope is to shine a light on a broad scope of creatives who might otherwise go unrecognized. Ryan Patrick Hooper, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit artists receive $25,000 grants from Kresge," 20 June 2018 Rosario Dawson is helping shine a light on child refugee stories. Ale Russian,, "Watch Rosario Dawson Read a Powerful Letter from a Child Refugee: 'We Need Your Help'," 20 June 2018 His willingness to eat what the locals eat, not dismiss it offhand as weird or scary but to shine a light on it, opened a window for his viewers to the food of Thailand that will be felt for a long time. Anna Spoerre,, "Portland police offering $20,000 for information about 2017 homicide," 12 June 2018 Step away from something that doesn’t shine light on your life. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Arizona chefs react to shocking news of Anthony Bourdain's death," 8 June 2018 Still, nearly half the performers are from the Bay Area, both established and emerging, with a conscious decision to shine a light on what is going on in the local community at the moment. Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, "Mutek, a ‘convergence festival,’ comes to San Francisco in US debut," 1 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There’s also a great walking path to burn off a morning pastry and latte from the Ballard Farmer’s Market, held every Sunday rain or shine. The Seattle Times, "Secret Seattle: 10 hidden neighborhood hangouts," 15 Oct. 2018 Designed by Roman and Williams, the chic and moody interiors keep one cozy rain or shine—cocktails can be enjoyed inside by the fireplace or outside on the patio. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Farm-Fresh Flowers and Lobster Rolls Aplenty: Marlo Laz’s Jeweler Gives Her Guide to Nantucket," 7 Sep. 2018 Brooks' publicist announced Monday that the concert would be held Oct. 20 at Notre Dame Stadium, rain or shine. Fox News, "Garth Brooks sets Oct. 20 date for Notre Dame Stadium show," 27 Aug. 2018 By sticking to a neutral color palette, SZA managed to get a bit experimental with the shape of her garments while still letting Badu shine. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "SZA Masters the Subtle Art of Award Show Presenter Style," 19 Nov. 2018 Where the Pixel 2 looked rough around the edges, the Pixel 3 has been buffed to a brilliant shine. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "The Pixel 3’s Greatness Is Measured in Millimeters," 15 Oct. 2018 But what really makes Eastern Wonders shine is the collection of extra mechanisms it bolts to its slick mechanical core. Owen Duffy, Ars Technica, "Century: Eastern Wonders makes cardboard spice trading fun again," 6 Oct. 2018 Tip: Use newspapers to buff windows to a sparkling shine. Doreen Christensen,, "Dear Doreen's Deals: Locked-up carts at Aldi keep prices low; what's tax-free for back to school," 13 July 2018 In addition to bike riding, iCan shine offers swimming and other learning opportunities in recreational activities for people with disabilities, according to its website. The Aegis, "Harford concludes another successful iCan Bike Camp," 13 July 2018

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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 \
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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