Word family noun shine shininess adjective shiny verb shine outshine
From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishshineshine1 /ʃaɪn/ ●●● S3 verb (past tense and past participle shone /ʃɒn $ ʃoʊn/) 1 [intransitive]SHINE to produce bright light The sun was shining. The moon shone brightly in the sky.shine in/on That lamp’s shining in my eyes.2 [transitive]SEND if you shine a light somewhere, you point it in that directionshine something on/at/around etc something Shine that torch over here, will you?3 [intransitive]SHINY to look bright and smooth Marion polished the table until it shone. She had shining black hair.4 [transitive] (past tense and past participle shined) to make something bright by rubbing it SYN polish His shoes were shined to perfection.5 [intransitive]HAPPY if your eyes shine, or your face shines, you have an expression of happinessshine with ‘It was wonderful!’ Kate replied, her eyes shining with excitement. 6 [intransitive not in progressive]GOOD AT to be very good at something The concert will give young jazz musicians a chance to shine.shine at/in Peter didn’t really shine at school.7 shining exampleTHESAURUSto produce lightshine to produce bright lightThe sun was shining.flash to shine brightly for a very short time, or to shine on and off very quickly many timesLightning flashed across the sky.The police car’s lights were flashing.glare to shine with a very strong light which hurts your eyesThe sun glared in her eyes.flicker to shine with an unsteady light – used about a flame or lightThe candle flickered and went out.twinkle if stars or lights twinkle, they shine in the dark in a way that seems to change from bright to faint, especially because you are a long way away from themstars twinkling in the skyThe harbour lights twinkled in the distance.glow especially literary to shine with a warm soft lightLights glowed in the windows.blaze literary to shine very brightlyThe lights of the factory were still shine by reflecting lightsparkle/glitter if something sparkles, it shines with many small bright points when light is on itThe sea sparkled in the sunlight.Jewels glittered around her neck.gleam to shine by reflecting the light – used especially about smooth clean surfaces, or about someone’s eyes or teethThe sword’s blade gleamed.a gleaming sports car His blue eyes gleamed with amusement.glint to shine with quick flashes of lightThe knife glinted in the sunlight.glisten literary to shine – used about wet or oily surfaces. Used especially when saying that someone’s eyes are full of tears, or someone’s skin is covered in sweatAs they were leaving, her eyes glistened with tears.His forehead was glistening with sweat.The wet chairs glistened in the afternoon sun.catch the light if something catches the light, it shines because it is reflecting lightHer diamond ring caught the light. shine through→ See Verb table
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shineHe had shined on innumerable lessons, sneered at too many ideas, turned thumbs-down on the mind.It wasn't very warm, but at least the sun was shining.You've put in a lot of work, and the concert will be your chance to shine.You should have your shoes shined before the interview.But the Sun does not shine all the time: even in perfectly cloudless weather, the Sun still sets at night.After all, peacock feathers still shine brightly when their owner is dead and stuffed.See love and happiness shining in her own eyes?She asked Dot about whether the sun was shining in London, about the school, and about Gloria.She could see the lights of Hong Kong shining in the distance.His eyes were deep-set and almost feverish, shining out from under craggy brows.Could you move that lamp? It's shining right in my eyes.And a glimmer of light was beginning to shine through the darkness.Now they shine with luminescent brilliance.If you're coming, you'd better shine your shoes and put on a clean shirt.You'd better shine your shoes before you go out.sun ... shiningPerhaps it was merely dark inside the room, and outside, beyond the window, the sun was shining.The sun was shining above it now.In the morning the sun was shining and I felt better.The birds were singing, the sun was shining, but Jessamy wasn't in the mood to appreciate any of it.This does not mean that you will sound like Pollyanna, pretending the sun is shining during a storm.Half the roof was gone, and the sun was shining in.I had lit a fire, and the room was very cheerful with the sun shining in.The rain had stopped, and the sun was shining through the red and gold autumn leaves.shining ... hairA round face with a high forehead, blue eyes, short straight nose, a mantle of shining, fair hair.But the high mountains pulled her, the warm wind blew her long, shining hair.Her face was exquisite, he says, framed by her shining black hair: a flower.She tried to shake her mind free of him as she brushed her shining hair and sprayed scent over her body.She was tall with shining hair the colour of copper.Beauty salons crimp and curl shining hair with a fall like silk into shapeless frizz.shine at/inHalf the roof was gone, and the sun was shining in.Wilson in particular did not shine in comparison.Then, with a thrill of recognition, Bowman could often glimpse familiar coastlines, shining in that spectral lunar light.There was shine in the wings of her nose.We climbed clumsily past Lake Samiti, its dark waters reflecting peaks already shining in their early dawn.Hal and Marge were there, their good news shining in their eyes.Like a cat's with the sun shining in them.
shineshine2 noun 1 [singular, uncountable]SHINY the brightness that something has when light shines on it Lucy’s dark hair seemed to have lost its shine.2 take a shine to somebody (come) rain or shine at rain1(4)
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shineYour shoes need a shine.Apply paste car wax to front of refrigerator and buff to a shine.Terry Etherton was another Californian who took a shine to the Old Pueblo.Apply Sorbie Curl Forme on to hair to revitalise curls and add body and shine.This shampoo says it will add body and shine to your hair.They polished their boots to a dazzling shine.It was a bleak day when I received the letter, an overcast that would neither snow, rain, nor shine.He seldom drinks alcohol, never touches drugs, and runs six miles every morning, rain or shine.Matte is out; shine is in.Linseed oil helps restore the shine to a dull surface.
Origin shine1 Old English scinan