\ 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 After a year when Pride celebrations had to go virtual, members of the LGBTQ community and their allies are eager to shine bright in 2021. Dan Avery, NBC News, 8 June 2021 With a 17-game season and likely multiple playoff games, there should be plenty of opportunities for the stars to shine, and for young player such as Donovan Peoples-Jones and Anthony Schwartz to contribute. cleveland, 6 June 2021 But one of his warnings went unheeded, leaving two assistant lighthouse keepers dead in the very first year that the federal government beacon began to shine. Star Tribune, 5 June 2021 For now, Bernard's aim is to continue to play characters who shine that colorful neon light on all. Ruth Kinane,, 2 June 2021 For brides that really want to have some fun on their wedding days, Damtew says that she has been asked to do everything from ponytails to match a wedding gown, to hair accessories for the bride to truly shine on her way down the aisle. Essence, 2 June 2021 And Scott saw his star shine even brighter a month ago after delivering the GOP response to President Biden’s joint address to Congress. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 1 June 2021 The front of the building features reflective windows that shine blue with the color of the sky. Laken Brooks, Forbes, 29 May 2021 There’s no reason not to shine or validate your accomplishments. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 27 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Every ingredient serves a true purpose and is there to help make your hair better—not just masking it for the day or giving the illusion of shine. Rachel King, Fortune, 8 June 2021 Use every other week and your hair color should be brighter and less brassy with a healthy dose of shine. Bea Mcmonagle, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Evans’ rally stole some of the shine from Olympia’s performance in the first three quarters of varsity play. Lynn Ramsey,, 20 May 2021 The two decided to forego lipstick and instead use the Le Crayon in Nude to fill and outline the lips and finish them off by using one of the brand's iconic Juicy Tubes in Raspberry Cool for a bit of shine. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, 25 Apr. 2021 The fresh hair colour is a vibrant shade of red with what appears to be a mix of chunky, face-framing highlights that add an element of shine. Sarah Midkiff,, 19 Apr. 2021 Traumatized by the sinister events from his childhood, Dan Torrance meets a teen who shares his extrasensory gift of the shine. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 High-gloss finishes give off the maximum amount of shine for a dazzling, glamorous effect. Tamara Gane, Southern Living, 12 Mar. 2021 Vary sheens and finishes. Switching up the level of shine is another way to create visual interest in a monochromatic room. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Mar. 2021

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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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10 Jun 2021

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“Shine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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