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verb shine pronunciation in British English /ʃaɪn/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleshining
past tenseshone
past participleshone
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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 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.
    Her hair shone like gold.
    1. a.
      [transitive] mainly American to rub something until it shines
  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 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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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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