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."

Primary Meanings of shine

1.
vn
emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light
the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light
2.
v
make (a surface) shine
3.
v
experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion
4.
v
be distinguished or eminent
Full Definitions of shine
1

v 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

v 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
Type of:
emit, give off, give out
give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.

v throw or flash the light of (a lamp)

Shine the light on that window, please”

v touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly

“The sun shone on the fields”
Synonyms:
fall, strike
Type of:
come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place
come to pass

v have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink

Synonyms:
beam, glow, radiate
Type of:
appear, look, seem
give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect

n 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
Type of:
brightness
the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white
2

v 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
Type of:
beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify
make more beautiful

v be shiny, as if wet

Synonyms:
gleam, glint, glisten, glitter
Types:
spangle
glitter as if covered with spangles
shimmer
give off a shimmering reflection, as of silk
Type of:
appear, look, seem
give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
3

v experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion

Synonyms:
beam, glow, radiate
Type of:
experience, feel
undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
4

v be distinguished or eminent

“His talent shines
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v be clear and obvious

“A shining example”
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

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