Definitions for shineʃaɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

shine*ʃaɪn(v.)shone; shined; shin•ing

  1. (v.i.)to give forth or glow with light.

  2. to be bright with reflected light; glisten; sparkle.

  3. (of light) to appear brightly or strongly; glare.

  4. to appear unusually animated, as the eyes or face.

  5. to excel:

    to shine in algebra.

  6. (v.t.)to cause to shine.

  7. to direct the light of (a lamp, mirror, etc.).

  8. to polish (shoes, silverware, etc.).

  9. shine up to, Informal. to attempt to impress (a person), esp. in order to gain benefits for oneself. to become esp. attentive to.

    Category: Informal, Verb Phrase

  10. (n.)radiance or brightness caused by emitted or reflected light.

  11. luster; polish.

  12. a polish or gloss given to shoes.

  13. an act or instance of polishing shoes.

  14. Often, shines. a prank or caper.

    Category: Informal

  15. Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. (a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.)

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Status (usage)

Idioms for shine:

  1. take a shine to, to develop a strong liking for (a person).

    Category: Informal, Idiom

* Usage: Definition 17 is a slur and should be avoided. It is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as highly insulting.

Origin of shine:

bef. 900; ME s(c)hinen (v.), OE scīnan, c. OFris skīna, OS, OHG skīnan, ON skīna, Go skeinan

Princeton's WordNet

  1. radiance, radiancy, shine, effulgence, refulgence, refulgency(verb)

    the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light

  2. reflect, shine(verb)

    be bright by reflecting or casting light

    "Drive carefully--the wet road reflects"

  3. shine, beam(verb)

    emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light

    "The sun shone bright that day"; "The fire beamed on their faces"

  4. glitter, glisten, glint, gleam, shine(verb)

    be shiny, as if wet

    "His eyes were glistening"

  5. shine(verb)

    be distinguished or eminent

    "His talent shines"

  6. shine(verb)

    be clear and obvious

    "A shining example"

  7. glow, beam, radiate, shine(verb)

    have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink

    "Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna"

  8. shine(verb)

    throw or flash the light of (a lamp)

    "Shine the light on that window, please"

  9. fall, shine, strike(verb)

    touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly

    "Light fell on her face"; "The sun shone on the fields"; "The light struck the golden necklace"; "A strange sound struck my ears"

  10. glow, beam, radiate, shine(verb)

    experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion

    "She was beaming with joy"; "Her face radiated with happiness"

  11. polish, smooth, smoothen, shine(verb)

    make (a surface) shine

    "shine the silver, please"; "polish my shoes"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. shine(verb)ʃaɪn

    to produce light

    the hours when the sun is shining; a light shining from under the door

  2. shineʃaɪn

    to make light shine in a particular direction

    Shine the flashlight over there.

  3. shineʃaɪn

    to reflect light

    Her necklace shone under the bright lights.

  4. shineʃaɪn

    (of eyes or a face) to show great happiness or excitement

    The bride's face shone with joy.

  5. shineʃaɪn

    to show your skills

    The talent show gives each child a chance to shine.

  6. shine(noun)ʃaɪn

    the ability to reflect light

    an old table polished to a beautiful shine


  1. shine(Noun)

    Brightness from a source of light.

  2. shine(Noun)

    Brightness from reflected light.

  3. shine(Noun)

    Excellence in quality or appearance.

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  7. shine(Noun)

    The amount of shininess on a cricket ball, or on each side of the ball.

  8. shine(Verb)

    To emit light.

  9. shine(Verb)

    To reflect light.

  10. shine(Verb)

    To distinguish oneself; to excel.

    My nephew tried other sports before deciding on football, which he shined at right away, quickly becoming the star of his school team.

  11. shine(Verb)

    To be immediately apparent.

  12. shine(Verb)

    To polish (something).

    He shined my shoes until they were polished smooth and gleaming.

  13. shine(Verb)

    To polish a cricket ball using saliva and oneu2019s clothing.

  14. shine(Verb)

    To create light with a flashlight, lamp, torch, etc.

    I shined my light into the darkness to see what was making the noise.

  15. Origin: scīnan, from skīnanan. Cognate with Dutch schijnen, German scheinen, Swedish skina.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shine(verb)

    to emit rays of light; to give light; to beam with steady radiance; to exhibit brightness or splendor; as, the sun shines by day; the moon shines by night

  2. Shine(verb)

    to be bright by reflection of light; to gleam; to be glossy; as, to shine like polished silver

  3. Shine(verb)

    to be effulgent in splendor or beauty

  4. Shine(verb)

    to be eminent, conspicuous, or distinguished; to exhibit brilliant intellectual powers; as, to shine in courts; to shine in conversation

  5. Shine(verb)

    to cause to shine, as a light

  6. Shine(verb)

    to make bright; to cause to shine by reflected light; as, in hunting, to shine the eyes of a deer at night by throwing a light on them

  7. Shine(noun)

    the quality or state of shining; brightness; luster, gloss; polish; sheen

  8. Shine(noun)

    sunshine; fair weather

  9. Shine(noun)

    a liking for a person; a fancy

  10. Shine(noun)

    caper; antic; row

  11. Shine(verb)

    shining; sheen


  1. SHINE

    SHINE is a nationwide festival in Singapore "by youth, for youth' and is jointly supported by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and the National Youth Council. Inaugurated in 2005, SHINE aims to: ⁕Showcase and develop youth talent and skills ⁕Facilitate and profile youth community contribution ⁕Project a positive youth image and profile young role models Youth aged 15–35 can sign up as participants, SHINE volunteers or realize their ideas through grants. Over 200,000 youth were part of SHINE 2007’s wide assortment of activities.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shine' in Verbs Frequency: #675

Translations for shine

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


brightness; the state of being well polished

He likes a good shine on his shoes; a ray of sunshine.

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