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Language: Old English
Origin: scinan

shine

1 verb
     
shine1 S3 past tense and past participle shone
1 [intransitive] to produce bright light:
The sun was shining.
The moon shone brightly in the sky.
shine in/on
That lamp's shining in my eyes.
2 [transitive] if you shine a light somewhere, you point it in that direction
shine something on/at/around etc something
Shine that torch over here, will you?
3 [intransitive] to look bright and smooth:
Marion polished the table until it shone.
She had shining black hair.
4 [transitive] past tense and past participle shined to make something bright by rubbing it [= polish]:
His shoes were shined to perfection.
5 [intransitive] if your eyes shine, or your face shines, you have an expression of happiness
shine with
'It was wonderful!' Kate replied, her eyes shining with excitement.
6 [intransitive not in progressive] to be very good at something:
The concert will give young jazz musicians a chance to shine.
shine at/in
Peter didn't really shine at school.
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shining example

something or someone that is an excellent example of a particular quality and should be admired
shining example of
The house is a shining example of Art Deco architecture.

shine through

phrasal verb
if a quality that someone has shines through, you can easily see that they have it:
What shines through in all her work is her enthusiasm for life.

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