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English definition of “shine”

shine

verb uk   /ʃaɪn/ (shone or shined) us  

shine verb (LIGHT)

B1 [I] to send out or reflect light: Is that light shining in your eyes? The sun shone all afternoon. He polished the brass till it shone. shine with sth C1 If a person's eyes or face shine with a quality, you can see that quality in them very strongly: Her eyes shone with delight. [T] to point a light in a particular direction: The policeman walked along the street, shining a torch into every car. [T] to make something bright by rubbing it: Guy ironed his shirt and shined his shoes for the interview.

shine verb (ABILITY)

C2 [I] to be extremely good at an activity or skill, in an obvious way: She's hopeless at languages, but she shines at/in science.
shining
adjective uk   /ˈʃaɪ.nɪŋ/ us  
a shining silver cup She looked at him with shining (= bright and happy) eyes. These pictures are shining (= excellent) examples of great photography.
Phrasal verbs

shine

noun [S or U] uk   /ʃaɪn/ us  
the fact that something is bright from reflected light on its surface: hair with body and shine Wax polish gives a high shine to wood furniture.
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