\ 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

beam, radiate, ray

Synonyms: Noun

burnish, gloss, luminance, luster (or lustre), polish, sheen

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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

Jeff Faraudo of Cal Bears Maven: Pac-12 women shine at the NCAA Championships., "All in all, a good season for the UO women; big names in action tonight at L&C: Oregon track & field rundown," 9 June 2019 The pedestrian sides only shine more light on the spectacular chicken. Michael Ruhlman, New York Times, "If It’s Sunday in Southeastern Indiana, Order the Fried Chicken," 18 June 2019 These devices shine an infrared light into your eyes and follow the movement of your pupils, like a cursor on a screen. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Comcast Now Lets You Control Your TV With Your Eyes," 17 June 2019 To shine a spotlight on his service as an Afghanistan War veteran and intelligence officer, offering a contrast with Trump. NBC News, "Trump, Biden battle for the spotlight in Iowa," 11 June 2019 The Grammy nominee tells the nervous hopeful that the best way to shine is to be herself. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "'American Idol' Recap: The Top 14 Revealed Following Celebrity Duets (Critics' Take)," 17 Apr. 2018 Art comes in different forms but eventually finds a way to shine through. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "MHS Sophomore Evan Pruett takes the art prize for SBEF's Running for the Arts Fest," 11 Apr. 2018 The stars shine down in patterns humans have tried to make sense of for millennia. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Aliens," 5 June 2019 The soon-to-be Barcelona midfielder is another of the Ajax youngsters who have shone this season., "Netherlands vs England: Picking the Best Combined XI Ahead of Thursday's Nations League Semi-Final," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The glossy, balmy formula doesn't add a ton of shine but brings a dose of hydration that keeps my lips alive and kicking. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "I Can't Stop Wearing Lip Liner With Lip Balm," 1 Nov. 2018 In keeping with the evening's look of classic shine, the Hate U Give actor also went with a metallic manicure. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Amandla Stenberg Wore a Black Gown to the London Premiere of "The Hate U Give"," 21 Oct. 2018 While intensifying concerns about a trade war have taken some of the shine off, Boeing is still the biggest gainer in the Dow Jones Industrial Average over the past 12 months. Esha Dey, The Seattle Times, "Boeing set for ‘excellent’ quarter, investors hungry for detail," 24 July 2018 Rain or shine, the market runs weekly on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. through Aug. 28, with the exception of the week of Fourth of July. Karie Angell Luc,, "Return of Highwood Evening Gourmet Market helps kick off summer in North Shore," 6 June 2019 The fair is free, and will take place rain or shine. Beacon-news Staff, Aurora Beacon-News, "Family Outdoor Fair planned at Fermilab," 3 June 2019 Giving off some major shine, the sparkling tweed dress featured feather detailing and a metallic cage-like bodice. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell Make an Unexpected Appearance at Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 The report took some shine off stocks, which had gotten a boost earlier in the week after Mr. Trump said the White House had reached a trade deal with Mexico. Akane Otani, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Fall on Tariff Plans," 30 Aug. 2018 Their concert anchors a whole array of free children’s programs that the Union Square Partnership hosts every Thursday in the park as part of Citi Summer in the Square, a series that runs, usually rain or shine, through Aug. 9. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "9 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 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 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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to take the place or position of

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