\ 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

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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 The Benallys believe the coronavirus has helped shine a light on the injustices Native Americans face every day. Natalie Chinn, CNN, "The Navajo Nation faces a battle to protect its elders and traditions as Covid-19 deaths spike," 2 Jan. 2021 As a natural introvert with a penchant for catastrophizing, this wasn’t exactly my time to shine. Anna Myers,, "I’ve Made More Authentic Friends During The Pandemic Than Ever Before," 22 Dec. 2020 Today, the mother of the bride wants to take an opportunity to shine a light on her daughter and new son-in-law. oregonlive, "‘This is what we have’: A family of social workers sees a daughter’s wedding shrink – and their love grow," 27 Nov. 2020 While the second period featured Khudobin’s acrobatic save and subsequent blocker pickup on Anthony Cirelli, the third period was his time to shine. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Anton Khudobin’s 35-save Game 1 the latest in growing list of impressive postseason performances," 20 Sep. 2020 While Mars has spent decades in the spotlight, Venus's time to shine may not be far behind. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "We've Found Possible Signs of Life in Venus's Clouds. Whoa.," 14 Sep. 2020 For their first comeback in two years, APRIL play the enchanting lead roles of a cosmic love drama, set to a lush production with synths that shine like gemstones. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2020: Staff List," 23 Dec. 2020 There are also two striking paintings in which fluid swirls are set off by black backgrounds that shine like burnished onyx. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Up to his elbows in watery works and lustrous prints," 18 Dec. 2020 There are ombré effects and solid hues that shine with hand-poured glitter. Anh-minh Le,, "Next-level nails: Pamper salon went online during pandemic — and wowed venture capital firm," 13 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Plenty of non-dewy base products deliver a flawless finish, stave off shine all day, and disguise blemishes. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "The 11 Best Matte Foundations for a Smooth, Shine-Free Finish," 3 Jan. 2021 Embrace the glitz of the season with glitter nail polish that delivers brilliant shine and smooth coverage in both pink and gold. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "Ring in 2021 with these adorable New Year’s nail art ideas," 23 Dec. 2020 Long stretches of storefront along Madison Avenue and in Soho have struggled with vacant storefronts, taking some of the shine off those luxury neighborhoods. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "As Customers Move Online, So Does the Holiday Shopping Season," 23 Nov. 2020 But not all formulas are the same — some texturize while adding shine; others are intended for a matte effect. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "The 19 Best Dry Texture Sprays for Your Hair," 30 Nov. 2020 Formulated to remove product build-up and restore natural shine with a nourishing blend of amino acids, essential oils and proteins, this hit hair product has built its reputation via super-glossy results and word-of-mouth testimonials. Laura Sutherland, CNN Underscored, "Cyber Monday: The best deals in the UK," 29 Nov. 2020 Salon-quality results are possible thanks to the proprietary SoftAire technology that tames frizz and enhances hair's natural shine. Jennifer Manfrin,, "Best deals for post-Black Friday shopping," 28 Nov. 2020 What really makes the game shine, though, is what happens between missions. Owen Duffy, Ars Technica, "One hell of a send-off: Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 wraps a stylish board game series," 21 Nov. 2020 The event will take place rain or shine and there are no refunds. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "Comedian Bill Burr heading to AT&T Performing Arts Center for outdoor shows," 10 Nov. 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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17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Shine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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