\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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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 idea is to give them the opportunity to shine on stage. Chuck Fieldman,, "Clarendon Hills summer theater camp offers kids a chance in the spotlight," 13 July 2018 Of course, a place that takes this much trouble over first and second courses is going to shine with desserts. Tim Smith,, "David Cordish's new restaurant a good bet 24/7 at Live Hotel," 12 July 2018 For decades, many U.S. high schools have offered a range of college-level Advanced Placement courses to allow high achievers to shine above and beyond a standard diploma. Katherine Roth, Fox News, "International Baccalaureate programs catch on in US schools," 10 July 2018 In his final two seasons at Anfield the German midfielder really began to shine after what was a fairly up and down start to his career in England., "Emre Can Claims Silverware Was Motivation Behind Juve Move & Denies Rift With Former Boss Klopp," 9 July 2018 It was presented as a political debate, although all men who participated did not appear to shine at public speaking. Alexia Fernandez,, "The Bachelorette Suitors Chris R. & Connor Will Have Another Chance at Love on Bachelor in Paradise," 3 July 2018 Why the excessive scrutiny, when the team generally tends to shine? Bruce Jenkins,, "Mexico hopes to end streak against Brazil," 29 June 2018 Doucoure impressed greatly during that time, and continued to shine throughout the campaign, scoring seven goals and providing four assists in 37 league appearances., "Watford Reject Everton's €30m Bid for Star Player as Toffees Look to Bolster Midfield Squad Depth," 13 July 2018 On July 10, a helicopter’s lights shone down on the town of Mae Sai, its whir breaking through the night sky. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Neither has Ross, aside from the hard-biting slider that remained an elite weapon until a two-start hiccup dulled some of the shine of his return to San Diego. Jeff Sanders,, "Padres' Tyson Ross looking to get back on track vs. Dodgers," 12 July 2018 Unlike some other transparent blurring formulas (like Milk Makeup’s Luminous Blur Stick) Fresh & Perfect is shimmer-free — perfect for days when the humidity index is giving you plenty of natural pearlescent shine. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Dior Beauty's New Dreamskin Fresh & Perfect Cushion Compact Is More Filter Than Foundation," 10 July 2018 The region’s increasingly nasty politics have taken some of the shine off the EU’s eastward expansion. The Economist, "Central Europe’s Goldilocks economies," 5 July 2018 That meant polished ends, gravity-defying proportions, and an abundance of glossy shine. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "At Chanel, Lily-Rose Depp Gives a Lesson in the French vs. American Ponytail," 3 July 2018 Video Adding a bit of shine to Cuoco’s wedding day look, Greenberg applied a few drops of Cover FX’s Custom Enhancer in Rose Gold to Cuoco’s high cheekbone area. Maria Pasquini,, "How Kaley Cuoco Achieved Her 'Effortless and Natural’ Wedding Day Look — All the Details!," 1 July 2018 That would take some of the shine off the argument for data payment, which other scholars view with greater skepticism. David Scharfenberg,, "Why Facebook and Google should pay you for your data," 14 June 2018 But the ballpark here does put more of a shine on those traits than most, so at least in theory the Royals should be able to get more value from the traits most valued. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Jorts, why should you go to the ballpark, and when can we start gambling? | The Kansas City Star," 15 May 2018 According to Maria, this powder did a great job of removing some of the shine on her face. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "11 Waterproof Makeup Products You Have to Try," 20 Apr. 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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