shine

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Pronunciation[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
shine

Third-person singular
shines

Past tense
shone

Past participle
shone

Present participle
shining

Plain form
shine

Third-person singular
shines

Past tense
shined

Past participle
shined

Present participle
shining

  1. (intransitive) If something shines, light comes from it, or it reflects light.
    I love the way the stars shine.
    The polished metal shines brightly in the sunlight.
  2. (intransitive) If you shine, you do well.
  3. (intransitive) If you shine, other people can see the good things about you.
  4. (transitive) If you shine a light, you put the light on something.
    Would you shine that flashlight over here.
  5. (transitive) If you shine a light on a fact, you cause people to know the truth; you show people what they did not know.
    Would you shine that flashlight over hear.
  6. (transitive) If you shine something, you make it shiny; you polish it so that it reflects light.
    I was just shining my shoes.

Related words[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
shine

Plural
none

  1. Shine is the light from a reflection, or from a source of light.
    I couldn't see because the shine from the water was in my eyes.
  2. Something's shine is its good qualities, or its goodness.
    The idea lost its shine when we realize could never work.
  3. A shine is when someone shines your shoes.
    Boy, won't you give me a shine.
  4. (slang); (uncountable) Shine is a short way to say moonshine (illegal whiskey).
    I got so drunk on that shine they gave me.
  5. (slang) A shine is a liking; it is when you like someone or something.
    He took a real shine to her.