\ 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

Barrasso: You have also been presented with an opportunity to shine in the King of the Ring tournament, which has a history of turning wrestlers into stars. Justin Barrasso,, "Q&A: Ricochet Can’t Believe What He’s Accomplished as ‘Just a Kid From Kentucky’," 6 Sep. 2019 Deb Ware and her 22-year-old son Sam opened their home to The Associated Press to shine a light on the pharmaceutical opioid addiction that has fractured their family. Washington Post, "Intimate look at a mom, a son, and their battle with opioids," 6 Sep. 2019 Page grew up unaware of the impacts of such policies, but upon coming to understand them more fully as an adult, decided to shine a light on the issue in partnership with Daniel, her collaborator on the Viceland series Gaycation. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Watch the First Clip From Ellen Page and Ian Daniel's New Documentary About Environmental Racism," 6 Sep. 2019 In addition to avoiding changing bulbs every couple of months, the laser will shine brightly for up to eight years. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "Apocalypse Now Final Cut," 31 Aug. 2019 For transgender activists, however, the viral video was a rare opportunity to shine a light on the harassment and violence inflicted on the cisgender (non-transgender) people who openly love transgender people. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "Philadelphia suicide throws 'transamory' into the spotlight," 23 Aug. 2019 Oftentimes composers don't get the limelight the big end-title artists get, so this is an opportunity to shine a light on them and give them an opportunity to talk about what inspired them. Cathy Applefeld Olson, Billboard, "Disney Music Group Jumps Into Podcasting With 'For Scores' Interview Series," 20 Aug. 2019 Our mission is to shine a light on abuses of power, producing stories of moral force that provoke change. ProPublica, "Calling College Journalists of Color! Apply for ProPublica’s Emerging Reporters Program.," 29 July 2019 Now, as the convention celebrates its fifth year this weekend in L.A., Michals is hoping to eventually expand globally and shine a light on cat lovers everywhere. Glamour, "There's Nothing Weird About Owning a Cat," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Touch-a-Truck: The popular event draws families from all over the area and takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 (rain or shine) at the Avon Lake Safety Center, 32855 Walker Road., "North Ridgeville Chamber of Commerce hosts Mayoral Forum Sept. 25: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 6 Sep. 2019 True bacchanalists took to the streets of Brooklyn, rain or shine, to get on bad and represent their culture. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Rain No Stop We! 26 Times Carnival In New York Proved The Fete Must Go On," 3 Sep. 2019 The Phoenix Art Museum hosts free 30-minute sessions each Thursday at noon, rain or shine, in the Dorrance Sculpture Garden. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "100 free things to do in metro Phoenix," 17 Aug. 2019 The event will take place rain or shine all weekend long. Anchorage Daily News, "Fun things happening this week: Spenard Roadhouse is going to the dogs," 15 Aug. 2019 The Farmers’ Market on Grand Parkway will be open 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 10, rain or shine. Houston Chronicle, "tr sunday calendar 0804," 4 Aug. 2019 But the shine has begun to wear off these Manhattan hero lawyers. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "Is Cy Vance the Next Invincible New York Democrat to Lose?," 15 Aug. 2019 Hair styling, $2 Gornik & Drucker 15225 Palisades Village Lane Haircut, $3 The Grove Shine 189 The Grove Drive Shoe shine, 75 cents Starring by Ted Gibson 211½ S. La Brea Ave. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Stockpiling pastrami and doubling staff, L.A. businesses prepare for ‘Maisel Day’," 14 Aug. 2019 Lanoux recommends keeping blotting papers in your beach bag to control the shine. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "The Beach Makeup Ideas & Tips That Celebrity Makeup Artists Swear By," 19 June 2019

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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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