\ ˈshīn How to pronounce shine (audio) \
shone\ ˈshōn How to pronounce shine (audio) , especially Canadian and British  ˈshän How to pronounce shine (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

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? See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Wearing a red spaghetti strap dress with a plunging neckline and thigh-high slit, the 8 Simple Rules alum let the gown shine on its own with strappy black heels and minimal jewelry. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 6 Aug. 2022 Simple colors let the soft off-the-shoulder neckline truly shine, and the asymmetrical hemline is perfect to show off your killer shoes. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 28 July 2022 Serve era-appropriate food and decorate to match the historical landscape to really let this theme shine. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 8 July 2022 Stick to ankle-skimming pants or midi skirts to let the jewelry shine. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 June 2022 Now, almost 3 years later, the two are back where their romance began, but this time the producers let the PDA shine. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 3 June 2022 Let your team, technology and market opportunity shine through, and focus on delivering the best pitch presentation possible. Rick Luebbe, Forbes, 26 May 2022 Working with stylist Kevin Michael Ericson since last fall, the Tony Award-winning and Emmy-nominated actress, 73, has been a style star with minimalist outfits that still bring the glamour and also let her warmhearted spirit shine through. Degen Pener, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 May 2022 Almost as if to let the exterior shine even brighter, the interior is downright minimalist. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 23 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The deep blue cabinets, painted in a high-shine finish, strike a modern tone enhanced by the oversized drawer pulls, stone countertops, and light gray floor tile. Maria Sabella, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2022 What's better than swiping on one of Lancôme's high-shine Juicy Tubes or velvety, satin-finish L'Absolu Rouge Cream Lipsticks? Sarah Han, Allure, 29 July 2022 Then, lock in the shape by wrapping a triangular hair-setting net around the head, blow-drying with a diffuser and spritzing a high-shine hair spray. Amber Kallor, WSJ, 26 July 2022 Reviewers and editors say this high-shine polish is pretty foolproof to apply. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, 22 July 2022 The lightweight and ultra-hydrating components within the Bossy Gloss are the perfect elements to leave your lips plump and polished with a high-shine. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 22 July 2022 Furniture dealers Bruce Glickman and Wilson Henley, for instance, used a backdrop of high-shine gray paint (Benjamin Moore’s Dragon’s Breath) to offset a plumb-colored chair in their Connecticut cottage. Kelsey Mulvey, ELLE Decor, 19 July 2022 Labels from Celine to Carolina Herrera and Coperni are embracing high shine. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 July 2022 To create this elegant look, Hawkins used Dove's Hair Therapy Brilliant Glossy & Repair Serum to get high shine. Ariana Yaptangco, Glamour, 3 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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