- to give forth or glow with light; shed or cast light.
- to be bright with reflected light; glisten; sparkle.
- (of light) to appear brightly or strongly, especially uncomfortably so: Wear dark glasses so the sun won't shine in your eyes.
- to be or appear unusually animated or bright, as the eyes or face.
- to appear with brightness or clearness, as feelings.
- to excel or be conspicuous: to shine in school.
- to cause to shine.
- to direct the light of (a lamp, mirror, etc.): Shine the flashlight on the steps so I can see.
- to put a gloss or polish on; polish (as shoes, silverware, etc.).
- radiance or brightness caused by emitted or reflected light.
- luster; polish.
- sunshine; fair weather.
- a polish or gloss given to shoes.
- an act or instance of polishing shoes.
- Informal. a foolish prank; caper.
- Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.
- shine up to, Informal.
- to attempt to impress (a person), especially in order to gain benefits for oneself.
- to become especially attentive to (one of the opposite sex): Men shine up to her like moths to a light.
- come rain or shine,
- regardless of the weather.
- no matter what the circumstances may be: Come rain or shine, he is always on the job.
- take a shine to, Informal. to take a liking or fancy to: That little girl has really taken a shine to you.
Origin of shine1
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Origin of shine2
Examples from the Web for shine
She attends hip-hop and belly dance classes (known as Arabic dance in Iran) just to shine more at parties.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread
January 2, 2015
But they are striving “to shine bright like a diamond” and be happy, and we love them for it.‘Girlhood’: Coming of Age in France’s Projects
November 25, 2014
Hollaback is right to shine a light on these creepy comments from creepy strangers.Street Harassment Shouldn’t Be a Crime
October 29, 2014
It basically says that now is her time, for her to shine as the lead of a show.The Good Wife’s Secret Weapon: Matt Czuchry on Cary Agos’s Terrible, Horrible Year
October 27, 2014
“A friend indeed, come build me up/Come shed your light, it makes me shine,” she sings.The Swedish Queen of Soulful Pop: Mapei Won’t Wait for You to Listen
October 16, 2014
Kindle the light of the light-house, and it has nothing to do, except to shine.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Mr. Raymount had some light; he let it shine mostly in reviews, not much in the house.
There was indeed a sun that nothing could cloud, but it seemed to shine far away.
The god Lakhmu and the goddess Lakhamu were made to shine, they were named.The Babylonian Legends of the Creation
God sendeth the rain to fall and the sun to shine on the evil and the good.Understanding the Scriptures
- (intr) to emit light
- (intr) to glow or be bright with reflected light
- (tr) to direct the light of (a lamp, etc)he shone the torch in my eyes
- (tr; past tense and past participle shined) to cause to gleam by polishingto shine shoes
- (intr) to be conspicuously competent; excelshe shines at tennis
- (intr) to appear clearly; be conspicuousthe truth shone out of his words
- the state or quality of shining; sheen; lustre
- rain or shine or come rain or shine
- whatever the weather
- regardless of circumstances
- informal short for moonshine (def. 2)
- informal a liking or fancy (esp in the phrase take a shine to)
Word Origin and History for shine
Old English scinan "shed light, be radiant, be resplendent, iluminate," of persons, "be conspicuous" (class I strong verb; past tense scan, past participle scinen), from Proto-Germanic *skinan (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German skinan, Old Norse and Old Frisian skina, Dutch schijnen, German scheinen, Gothic skeinan "to shine, appear"), from PIE root *skai- (2) "to gleam, shine, flicker" (cf. Sanskrit chaya "brilliance, luster; shadow," Greek skia "shade," Old Church Slavonic sinati "to flash up, shine," Albanian he "shadow"). Transitive meaning "to black (boots)" is from 1610s. Related: Shined (in the shoe polish sense), otherwise shone; shining.
1520s, "brightness," from shine (v.). Meaning "polish given to a pair of boots" is from 1871. Derogatory meaning "black person" is from 1908. Phrase to take a shine to "fancy" is American English slang from 1839, perhaps from shine up to "attempt to please as a suitor." Shiner is from late 14c. as "something that shines;" sense of "black eye" first recorded 1904.
Idioms and Phrases with shine
In addition to the idiom beginning with shine
- shine up to
- make hay while the sun shines
- rain or shine
- rise and shine
- take a fancy (shine) to