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English noun: shine

1. shine (attribute) the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light

Synonymseffulgence, radiance, radiancy, refulgence, refulgency

Broader (hypernym)brightness

Narrower (hyponym)burnish, gleam, gleaming, gloss, glossiness, glow, lambency, luster, lustre, polish, sheen, shininess

English verb: shine

1. shine (weather) be bright by reflecting or casting light

SamplesDrive carefully--the wet road reflects.

ExamplesThe coins shine


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)emit, give off, give out

Narrower (hyponym)coruscate, glare, luminesce, opalesce, resplend, scintillate, sparkle

2. shine (weather) emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light

SamplesThe sun shone bright that day.
The fire beamed on their faces.

ExamplesLights shine on the horizon, The horizon is shineing with lights


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Narrower (hyponym)beacon, beat down, blaze, burn, flame, flare, flick, flicker, glare, glow, outshine, scintillate, shimmer, twinkle, winkle

3. shine (perception) be shiny, as if wet

SamplesHis eyes were glistening.

Synonymsgleam, glint, glisten, glitter

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)appear, look, seem

Narrower (hyponym)shimmer, spangle

4. shine (stative) be distinguished or eminent

SamplesHis talent shines.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)be

5. shine (stative) be clear and obvious

SamplesA shining example.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)be

6. shine (perception) have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink

SamplesHer face glowed when she came out of the sauna.

Synonymsbeam, glow, radiate

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)appear, look, seem

7. shine (weather) throw or flash the light of (a lamp)

SamplesShine the light on that window, please.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Causebeam, shine

8. shine (stative) touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly

SamplesLight fell on her face.
The sun shone on the fields.
The light struck the golden necklace.
A strange sound struck my ears.

Synonymsfall, strike

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place

9. shine (emotion) experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion

SamplesShe was beaming with joy.
Her face radiated with happiness.

Synonymsbeam, glow, radiate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)experience, feel

10. shine (contact) make (a surface) shine

SamplesShine the silver, please.
Polish my shoes.

ExamplesThey shine the glass tubes

Synonymspolish, smooth, smoothen

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify

Narrower (hyponym)buff, burnish, furbish, gloss, Simonise, Simonize, sleek, slick


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