\ ˈshīn \
shone\ˈshōn, especially Canadian and Britishˈshän \ 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 shine a high-quality laser beam through one of the optical fibres in the cable. The Economist, "Submarine cables could be repurposed as earthquake detectors," 16 June 2018 The skinny: Nigeria’s time to shine on the world stage will come – just not now. Kevin Baxter,, "Argentina is easy favorite, but who else will advance from Group D," 7 June 2018 My Lucky Scars qualifies as a musician's record, as Williams gave the players full reign to create – and time to shine in the spotlight. Chuck Dauphin, Billboard, "Hilary Williams Talks Surviving a Near-Fatal Crash & Delivering Her Debut 'My Lucky Scars'," 25 May 2018 Why would your child hold back when this is THE time to shine? Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Tryout season is here. How to help your kids through the pressure and anxiety," 17 May 2018 It's held rain or shine this Sunday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Burlington (5819 Idlewild Road). Luann Gibbs,, "Top 5 events in Cincinnati this weekend," 13 July 2018 In Parker's coffee tables, for example, glass surfaces sit atop terracotta vases so that their forms can truly shine through. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "16 of the Most Innovative Furniture Designers Who Manufacture in the U.S.," 4 July 2018 For all the hugeness of everything, Fox can be an intimately sharp observer of place, noting, for instance, that the northern cold makes light shine upward through the airborne frost and reduces the landscape to a charcoal sketch. Peter Lewis, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Northland' is an entertaining trip along America's 4,000-mile northern border," 3 July 2018 The pants were slightly cropped skinny jeans covered in sequins that shone turquoise and pink in the light — just like scales on a mermaid's tail. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "L’AGENCE’s Iridescent Skinny Jeans Were Made for Aspiring Mermaids," 3 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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