shine

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verb

shone ˈshōn How to pronounce shine (audio)
especially Canadian and British
ˈshän How to pronounce shine (audio)
or shined; shining

intransitive verb

1
: to emit rays of light
2
: to be bright by reflection of light
3
a
: 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

1
a
: 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

shine

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noun

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
7
a
: a polish or gloss given to shoes
b
: a single polishing of a pair of shoes

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?
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
This lawsuit is a significant entrant in the recent groundswell of efforts to shine light on the traditional PBM industry and its opaque pricing structures and outdated evaluation models. Jake Frenz, STAT, 12 June 2024 Whether slipping into a simple satin number or something more embellished, the style needs little more than a chic slingback and some jewelry to shine. Jamila Stewart, Vogue, 12 June 2024
Noun
While a woodsy fragrance like Tom Ford Oud Wood, will make this shine. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 8 June 2024 Perhaps block voting for the same five shows every year was a way to keep most reality shows from getting extra shine. Joe Reid, Vulture, 31 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for shine 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English, from Old English scīnan; akin to Old High German skīnan to shine and perhaps to Greek skia shadow

First Known Use

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shine was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Shine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shine. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

shine

1 of 2 verb
shone ˈshōn How to pronounce shine (audio) or shined; shining
1
: to give light
the stars shone brightly
2
: to be glossy : gleam
polished the buttons until they shone like gold
3
: to be outstanding : show talent
on stage where I could really shine
4
: to cause to give light
shine a flashlight
5
: to make bright by polishing
shined my shoes

shine

2 of 2 noun
1
: brightness from light given off or reflected
2
: fair weather : sunshine
rain or shine
3
: liking, fancy
took a shine to them
4
: a polish given to shoes

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