shine

verb
\ 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

shine

noun

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

Verb

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

Noun

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

From disco ball shine to gravity-defying hair, these five catwalkers shed all vestiges of restraint and took their beauty to the max. Vogue, "Camp Beauty: Dara, Paloma Elsesser, and More Go Maximalist for the Annual Pre-Met Party," 6 May 2019 Her casual, easy-going attire helps the contestants feel at ease and lets their handicrafts shine. Lourdes Avila Uribe, Glamour, "Amy Poehler's Making It Overalls Are the Only Pure Thing Left in the World," 16 Oct. 2018 The whole collection aims for beautiful, glowy makeup that lets your skin shine through. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "The Best Natural and Organic Makeup Brands That Makeup Artists Actually Use," 6 June 2018 In a night filled with monumental fashion moments, what shone brightest was the grooms' dapper jewels. Will Kahn, Town & Country, "The Story Behind Marc Jacobs' Wedding Cufflinks and Penguin Pins," 17 Apr. 2019 For him, a great salt spray combines salt with a mix of softening, volumizing, and shine-enhancing ingredients to help nourish hair during styling. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Salt Sprays for All Hair Types," 8 Apr. 2019 The 12-year-old Pearsons are really going to shine. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Season 4 Sounds Like It's Going to Be a REALLY Hard One for Fans," 19 Mar. 2019 Its scent is patterned after that of two different types of roses, while camellia oil makes the hair shine. The Editors, WSJ, "WSJ. Magazine’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide," 11 Feb. 2019 During our first drive in the 2019 Blazer, through the rugged passes and beach vistas of San Diego, the thinking began to shine through. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 Chevy Blazer Test Drive: What Happened When GM Tried To Make the Crossover Cool," 4 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Rise and shine! ✨ Koa loving the new Ruffwear sleeping bag! Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Ruffwear's Doggy Sleeping Bag Is Perfect for When You Take Your Good Boy Camping," 30 Apr. 2019 The majority of mascara formulas often rely on beeswax, which helps with glide and shine. Glamour, "5 Women Try Kat Von D’s New Vegan Mascara," 19 Apr. 2019 That hunk of blinding shine cost a pretty $750,000. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Drake’s Million Dollar Outfit Is His Latest Fashion Milestone," 4 Apr. 2019 After success with the Baby Lips lip balm, Maybelline was able to create a smooth and creamy gloss (which costs $4.99) that boasts four-hour moisture and shine. Vara Gianna, Seventeen, "11 Gorgeous Lip Glosses That Won't Break The Bank," 22 Jan. 2019 After painting on a matte lip, Linter will sometimes add a gloss on top to add shine and definition, but never one that's too heavy or sticky. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "A Guide to Ageless Makeup for Women Over 50, According to an Industry Veteran," 27 Mar. 2019 In fact, Cruz recommends that your final rinse should be with cold water, which closes the hair cuticle to add shine. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "9 Mistakes That Are Making Your Hair Look Greasy," 25 Mar. 2019 But the shine could quickly wear off following Tuesday’s speech. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Israeli ex-army chief launches campaign to replace Netanyahu," 29 Jan. 2019 The shine has come off Baidu recently for investors. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Bing, Baidu and a Big Mess for Chinese Search Engines," 24 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of shine

Verb

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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shine

Verb

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

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More Definitions for shine

shine

verb

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

shine

noun

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

shine

verb
\ 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

shine

noun

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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