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verb     shine pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleshining
past tenseshone
past participleshone
  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 oncoming cars were shining through the mist.

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

    The wooden tables had been polished until they shone.

    1. a.
      [transitive] mainly American to rub something until it shines
  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 torch or other light shine in a particular direction

    Kobe shone the torch 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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