\ 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

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? See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The sound of the HD 58X Jubilee is wonderfully warm and open, with a natural and flat response that enables the music to shine through. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 2 June 2022 After use, your curls will be fully nourished and your natural, healthy curls will shine through. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 June 2022 All Casa Del Sol tequilas are aged in cognac barrels, which contributes to the smooth taste, one that allows the notes of agave to shine through in stages. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, 31 May 2022 Interweaving her commentary with scenes from the films and making-of footage, all of it edited with dexterity by Laure Gardette and Svetlana Vaynblat, the documentary lets Campion’s sense of humor and her sense of purpose shine through. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 May 2022 Sandra Bullock's sunny disposition always seems to shine through in her blockbuster movies and despite past tabloid trouble. CBS News, 14 Apr. 2022 Ultimately, Selldorf and her team have found a way of elegantly knitting together all of the spaces from the various historic eras but also allowing each of these eras to shine through. Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2022 Instincts might pull toward a richer sugar like demerara, turbinado or even brown sugar, but in side-by-side comparisons, white sugar allows more brightness from the overall drink to shine through. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 10 Mar. 2022 Removing dirt and contaminants from the surface of your car will allow its paint work to shine through, unmarred by the road grime that accumulates on any car that sees its fair share of miles. Duncan Brady, Car and Driver, 8 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This product lubricates the hair, creates shine and softness while sealing the cuticle surface, and provides a silky finish and texture. Emerald Elitou, Essence, 10 June 2022 The one-and-a-half-hour tours are held rain or shine and are offered on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Grace Gilson,, 9 June 2022 This is a product that guarantees extra shine and healthy hair from root to tip. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 June 2022 After a few more steps, Bieber goes in with the Kosas setting powder that has a unique, airy texture and locks makeup in place while controlling shine and minimizing pores. Alex Warner,, 2 June 2022 Unlike a sea salt spray, which adds grit and texture, a hair cream adds a layer of lightweight moisture to thin, dry hair, increasing shine and movement. Cristina Montemayor, Men's Health, 26 May 2022 There's nothing quite like the shine and sleekness that comes from sealing your style with a straightening iron. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, 19 May 2022 Admission is free and the festival will take place rain or shine. Hartford Courant, 12 May 2022 So when a whiskey was marked as BIB, you could at least be assured that it wasn’t colored with shoe shine or flavored with leather straps. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 8 May 2022 See More

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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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22 Jun 2022

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\ 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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