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verb shine pronunciation in American English /ʃaɪn/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleshining
past tenseshined or shone
past participleshined or shone
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] if the sun shines, it produces a bright light and the weather is usually warm
    1. a.
      used about the moon, stars, lights, and other things that produce light

      The headlights of the oncoming cars were shining through the fog.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to have a bright attractive appearance

    The wooden tables had been polished until they shone.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to rub something until it shines

      Who shined your shoes?

  3. 3
    [intransitive] if people’s eyes or faces shine, they look extremely happy or excited

    The child’s face was shining with excitement.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to make the light from a flashlight or other light shine in a particular direction

    Kobe shone the flashlight slowly around the room.

  5. 5
    [intransitive] to show that you have a lot of skill when you do something

    It’s time we gave some of the younger players a chance to shine.

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