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Meaning of “shine” in the English Dictionary

"shine" in British English

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shineverb

uk   us   /ʃaɪn/ (shone or shined)
  • shine verb (LIGHT)

B1 [I] to ​send out or ​reflectlight: Is that ​light shining inyoureyes? 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 ​particulardirection: The ​policemanwalked 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.

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shining
adjective uk   us   /ˈʃaɪ.nɪŋ/
a shining ​silvercup She ​looked at him with shining (= ​bright and ​happy)eyes. These ​pictures are shining (= ​excellent) examples of ​greatphotography.
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shinenoun [S or U]

uk   us   /ʃaɪn/
the ​fact that something is ​bright from ​reflectedlight on ​itssurface: hair with ​body and shine Wax ​polish gives a high shine to ​woodfurniture.
(Definition of shine from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shine" in American English

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shineverb

 us   /ʃɑɪn/
  • shine verb (SEND OUT LIGHT)

[I/T] (past tense and past participle shone  /ʃoʊn/ or shined) to ​send out or ​reflectlight: [T] Cops shone ​theirflashlights into the ​carwindow. [I] The ​area shines like Times Square. [I] fig. Her ​darkeyes shone with ​happiness (= she ​looked very ​happy).
  • shine verb (MAKE BRIGHT)

[T] to make something ​smooth and ​bright by ​rubbing: He used all my ​polish to shine his ​shoes!
  • shine verb (SHOW ABILITY)

[I] to show ​greatability in an ​activity: Shaw is an ​underratedactor who ​truly shines in this ​movie.

shinenoun [C usually sing]

 us   /ʃɑɪn/
the ​quality of being ​bright from ​reflectedlight on the ​surface: The ​stone was ​polished to a ​glossy shine.
(Definition of shine from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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