[ shahyn ]
/ ʃaɪn /
verb (used without object), shone or shined, shin·ing.
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.
verb (used with object), shone or shined, shin·ing.
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.
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.
Verb Phrases past and past participle shone or shined; present participle shin·ing.
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.
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- regardless of the weather.
- no matter what the circumstances may be: Come rain or shine, he is always on the job.
come rain or shine,
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
before 900; Middle English s(c)hinen (v.), Old English scīnan; cognate with Dutch schijnen, German scheinen, Old Norse skīna, Gothic skeinan
SYNONYMS FOR shine
1 glimmer, shimmer. Shine, beam, glare refer to the emitting or reflecting of light. Shine refers to a steady glowing or reflecting of light: to shine in the sun. That which beams gives forth a radiant or bright light: to beam like a star. Glare refers to the shining of a light that is not only bright but so strong as to be unpleasant and dazzling: to glare like a headlight.
9 buff, burnish, brighten.
11 gloss, gleam, glow, sheen.
Related formsun·shined, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shine up to
/ (ʃaɪn) /
verb shines, shining or shone
(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 for shine
Old English scīnan; related to Old Norse skīna, Gothic skeinan, Old High German scīnan to shine, Greek skia shadow
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Idioms and Phrases with shine up to (1 of 2)
shine up to
Try to impress or please, be attentive to, as in George was always shining up to the teacher, or Her father warned her about men shining up to her for her money. [Colloquial; late 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with shine up to (2 of 2)
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
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