shine

To shine is to give off a bright, glowing light. Your porch light shines at night, and if the sky is clear and cloudless, the moon will shine too.

The sun and a light bulb both shine, and things that simply reflect light can be said to shine too, like a diamond ring or clean, glossy hair. In a more figurative way, people shine when they stand out for doing something extremely well: "The lead actress really shines in her role as Lady Macbeth." The Old English root of shine is scinan, which means "shed light, be radiant, or illuminate," and also "be conspicuous."

Definitions of shine
  1. verb
    emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light
    “The sun shone bright that day”
    synonyms: beam
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    beat down
    shine hard
    beacon
    shine like a beacon
    glare
    shine intensely
    flame, flare
    shine with a sudden light
    outshine
    shine brighter than
    shimmer
    shine with a weak or fitful light
    flick, flicker
    shine unsteadily
    blaze
    shine brightly and intensively
    scintillate, twinkle, winkle
    emit or reflect light in a flickering manner
    burn, glow
    shine intensely, as if with heat
    beat
    glare or strike with great intensity
    gutter
    burn unsteadily, feebly, or low; flicker
  2. verb
    be bright by reflecting or casting light
    synonyms: reflect
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    resplend
    be resplendent or radiant; to shine brightly
    glare
    be sharply reflected
    opalesce
    reflect light or colors like an opal
    luminesce
    be or become luminescent; exhibit luminescence
    coruscate, scintillate, sparkle
    reflect brightly
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    emit, give off, give out
    give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.
  3. verb
    throw or flash the light of (a lamp)
    Shine the light on that window, please”
  4. verb
    touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly
    “The sun shone on the fields”
    synonyms: fall, strike
  5. verb
    have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink
    synonyms: beam, glow, radiate
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    appear, look, seem
    give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
  6. noun
    the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light
    synonyms: effulgence, radiance, radiancy, refulgence, refulgency
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    gleam, gleaming, glow, lambency
    an appearance of reflected light
    luster, lustre, sheen, shininess
    the visual property of something that shines with reflected light
    burnish, gloss, glossiness, polish
    the property of being smooth and shiny
    French polish
    the glaze produced by repeated applications of French polish shellac
    glaze
    a glossy finish on a fabric
    patina
    a sheen or gloss on a surface, especially resulting from use or age
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    brightness
    the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white
  7. verb
    make (a surface) shine
    shine the silver, please”
    synonyms: polish, smooth, smoothen
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    Simonise, Simonize
    polish with wax
    sleek, slick
    make slick or smooth
    buff, burnish, furbish
    polish and make shiny
    gloss
    give a shine or gloss to, usually by rubbing
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    beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify
    make more beautiful
  8. verb
    be shiny, as if wet
    synonyms: gleam, glint, glisten, glitter
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    spangle
    glitter as if covered with spangles
    shimmer
    give off a shimmering reflection, as of silk
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    appear, look, seem
    give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
  9. verb
    experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion
    synonyms: beam, glow, radiate
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    experience, feel
    undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
  10. verb
    be distinguished or eminent
    “His talent shines
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  11. verb
    be clear and obvious
    “A shining example”
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
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