Meaning of SHINE in English


I. ˈshīn verb

( shone ˈshōn, especially Canad & Brit ˈshän ; or shined ; shin·ing )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English scīnan; akin to Old High German skīnan to shine and perhaps to Greek skia shadow

Date: before 12th century

intransitive verb

1. : to emit rays of light

2. : to be bright by reflection of light


a. : to be eminent, conspicuous, or distinguished

shine s in math

b. : to perform extremely well

when will stocks really shine again? — Temma Ehrenfeld

4. : to have a bright glowing appearance

his face shone with enthusiasm

5. : to be conspicuously evident or clear

transitive verb


a. : to cause to emit light

b. : to throw or direct the light of

2. past & past participle shined : to make bright by polishing

shined his shoes

II. noun

Date: 15th century

1. : brightness caused by the emission of light

2. : brightness caused by the reflection of light : luster

the shine of polished silver

3. : brilliance , splendor

still has a shine about her

4. : fair weather : sunshine

rain or shine

5. : trick , caper — usually used in plural

6. : liking , fancy

took a shine to him


a. : a polish or gloss given to shoes

b. : a single polishing of a pair of shoes

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.