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verb shine pronunciation in American English /ʃaɪn/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyshine
he/she/itshines
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
    The sun was shining brightly.
    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.
    Her hair shone like gold.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to rub something until it shines
      Who shined your shoes?
  3. 3
    [intransitive] if peoples 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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