\ 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

The Florida summer sun shone down on Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins as media and VIPs gathered for an event at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s Apollo/Saturn V Center. Patrick Connolly,, "Kennedy Space Center unveils Apollo 11 astronaut statue, reimagined Apollo/Saturn V Center," 13 July 2019 Even more importantly, the road film about two bikers riding their chopped Harleys down the highways of the South and Southwest shone a spotlight on American youth culture. Laura Demarco,, "‘Easy Rider’ at 50: The classic American movie rides back into theaters," 12 July 2019 Security lights shouldn’t shine through neighbors’ windows or create unpleasant glare. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Angie’s List: Outdoor lighting improves safety and aesthetics," 12 July 2019 Imagine if Anfernee Simons ended up playing at Louisville Former Louisville basketball commit, and current member of the Portland Trail Blazers Anfernee Simons, has shone the brightest of any player during the NBA Summer League. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "Is Louisville football's projected win total fair heading into the 2019 season?," 12 July 2019 Innumerable skyscrapers bearing the logos of large multinational corporations shine and sparkle across the city’s impressive skyline. Time, "Why Business Has a Stake in Hong Kong's Protests," 11 July 2019 The financial, legal and tax issues shine a different light on the duo portrayed as sassy and successful real estate pros in Bravo's marketing of the new program, which debuts Aug. 6 at 10 p.m. What Bravo knew about those issues remains unclear. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "The 'Flipping Exes' baggage Bravo's not talking about: Bankruptcy, lawsuits, late taxes," 8 July 2019 In summer, when the market is filled with peak-season produce, pasta can really shine. NBC News, "8 super simple, super satisfying summer pastas," 7 July 2019 Recent discoveries have shone a spotlight on America’s early days. Fox News, "Revolutionary War diary sheds light on Deborah Sampson, who disguised herself as a man to join the Continental Army," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Come rain or shine, Denver is entering a weather heat streak that meteorologists in Boulder predict will put the Mile High City in the hot seat for at least a week. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Sweltering heat streak will put temperatures in 90s for the next week," 11 July 2019 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

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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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The first known use of shine was before the 12th century

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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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