\ 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 People across the country are stringing up their Christmas lights and sharing the photos under #LightsForLife — using their decorations to shine bright during this unprecedented time. NBC News, "Coronavirus: California issues stay at home order, GOP reveals stimulus package and lights offer cheer in dark time," 20 Mar. 2020 Huke got his time to shine against Atlanta FaZe though, nearly leading Dallas to a comeback on hardpoint when his team trailed by as much as 60 points. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Four Takeaways: Dallas Empire top New York, drop match to Atlanta in first day of Los Angeles homestand," 7 Mar. 2020 April is your month to shine brighter than usual because people will more easily recognize your talents and trust you to keep your promises. oregonlive, "Horoscope for March 6, 2020: Virgo, full speed ahead; Pisces, work toward the future," 6 Mar. 2020 Come nighttime, however, her curtain bangs were ready to shine. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "All Hail Kate Middleton's New Bangs," 4 Mar. 2020 Reality merges into fantasy, and each member gets their own special moment to both shine and express their individual confidence. Braden Bjella, Teen Vogue, "Calvin Klein’s “DEAL WITH IT” Campaign Stars Kendall Jenner, Justin Bieber, Lil Nas X, and More," 27 Feb. 2020 The shower’s soft tile allows the gold finish in the hardware to really shine. Nena Farrell, Sunset Magazine, "From an Outdoor Sauna to a Tea Loft, This Santa Cruz Home Is Full of Cozy Corners and Forest Views," 25 Feb. 2020 And in the portion of the debate devoted to foreign policy and national security, Buttigieg was able to shine as the only veteran on the stage. Time, "The Biggest Takeaways From the New Hampshire Democratic Debate," 8 Feb. 2020 With prominent names such as CFDA Chairman Tom Ford bowing out of this New York Fashion Week, the pressure is on for the 35-year-old designer to shine. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "New York Fashion Week Faces Designer Exits, Oscars Competition," 3 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Personally, the New Normal has taken a certain shine to sweat pants and unshaven legs and can go a bit longer. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje,, "The New Normal: COVID-19 has turned us all into shut-ins (bless the pizza-making kits)," 24 Mar. 2020 After all, you could be faced with a wall filled with not only hundreds of hues but lots of finish options, like rich cremes, high-shine glitters, and statement mattes. Jesa Marie Calaor, Allure, "The 13 Best Manicure Colors of All Time, According to Nail Artists," 24 Dec. 2019 That, coupled with the same crisp, clean lines that define the classic Royal Oak and a contrasting black dial allow this update to beautifully balance high-shine with modern simplicity. Hannah Miller, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Perfect Night Out Starts With the Right Accessory," 19 Dec. 2019 Try pieces with high-shine nickel or clear elements. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "These No-Fail Kitchen Hardware Combinations Are Surprisingly Inexpensive," 21 Oct. 2019 CBS Boston reports organizers there were concerned about the well-being of over a million spectators who normally turn out rain or shine. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "New York City and Chicago postpone St. Patrick's Day Parades," 11 Mar. 2020 The parade kicks off at noon March 14, rain or shine. Sarah Brookbank,, "St. Patrick's Day parade: Ken Anderson will be grand marshal," 13 Feb. 2020 As royal style chroniclers What Kate Wore point out, the Duchess of Cambridge has taken quite a shine to the earrings, wearing them to several public events in the past. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Borrowed the Queen's Diamond Earrings for Date Night at the Theater with Prince William," 26 Feb. 2020 Wright kept up with golf on television and took a shine to young Lucy Li, often swapping notes. Beth Ann Nichols, Golfweek, "LPGA legend Mickey Wright, winner of 13 major championships, dies at age 85," 17 Feb. 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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29 Mar 2020

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“Shine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 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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