\ 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

Synonyms: Noun

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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 One of Anderson's key skills, making the ball swing (moving it through the air from side to side), is partly dependent on how much he and his fellow players can shine the ball using their sweat or saliva. Amanda Davies And Ben Morse, CNN, "England cricket great Anderson 'desperate to get out there and play' despite nerves surrounding coronavirus," 19 May 2020 While the Eurovision 2020 contest in Rotterdam, Netherlands, was canceled (along with the movie's gala premiere) because of the coronavirus pandemic, Ferrell believes the comedy can shine a light into the world. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Sneak peek: Will Ferrell duels Dan Stevens in flamboyant new Netflix movie 'Eurovision'," 18 May 2020 The power to shine brightly for justice, and for equality, and for joy. New York Times, "Read the Full Transcript of Obama’s H.B.C.U. Commencement Speech," 16 May 2020 The question is whether anyone who isn’t already convinced is paying attention during the coronavirus pandemic, which has shone a bright spotlight on Trump while allowing Biden to campaign intermittently from the safety of his basement. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Unmasking revelation opens door for Trump campaign to portray scandal-plagued Biden," 15 May 2020 Graduating seniors at an Alabama high school will get their time to shine Monday night despite the coronavirus. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Alabama high school seniors get their graduation ceremony despite coronavirus," 12 May 2020 This can be a good day for research but an even better day to let your creativity and imagination shine. oregonlive, "Horoscope for May 8, 2020: Cancer, dare to use your imagination; Libra, focus on earning your keep," 8 May 2020 In keeping with theatre tradition, staff at the Sydney Opera House have installed lights to shine in all the theatres. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Photos of the Week: Glass Cabins, Ghost Lights, Trumpet Mask," 8 May 2020 The headlights beam in odd directions, and eyeglasses shine through the dim windshield. Katherine Dunn, The New Yorker, "The Resident Poet," 4 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Expect jaw-dropping twists in 'Au Pair Nightmare' Luckily for Taylor, Emily sneaks down the stairs of the fabulous modern mansion and takes an instant shine to Taylor. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Red flags and melodrama: 'Au Pair Nightmare' is the Lifetime-iest kind of Lifetime movie," 14 May 2020 His pick: Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers ($12;, 100% natural papers that absorb oil and zap shine. Susan Brickell,, "The One Skincare Product Jonathan Van Ness Always Recommends to Everyone," 12 May 2020 This duo comes with two miniatures including their beloved hair oil, which promises to add texture and shine to all hair types, and a soft volume powder thats absorbs oil and lifts your roots. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Natural Beauty Products for Your Dopp Kit," 30 Apr. 2020 Our long-term evaluations are, at their core, a test of whether that new-car shine holds up or dulls over time. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "Our Long-Term 2019 Mercedes-Benz E450 Wagon Was a Love Story," 27 Apr. 2020 The balance transfer special—0% APR for 18 months—is where the Citi Double Cash shines. Taylor Medine, USA TODAY, "The Citi Double Cash rewards you for everyday spending," 24 Apr. 2020 Becton has done nothing but shine in his time at Louisville. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Mekhi Becton realizes dream, selected 11th in the NFL draft by the New York Jets," 24 Apr. 2020 From Heather Knight: Acts of kindness, creativity shine amid darkness. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: ‘I’ve never seen anything like this’ — Bay Area food banks strain under coronavirus impact," 14 Apr. 2020 But zapping frizz, adding moisture, and pumping up the shine factor? Janell Hickman, Allure, "The 19 Best Gels for Curly Hair," 9 Apr. 2020

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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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24 May 2020

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“Shine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce shine (audio)

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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