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shine  audio  (shn) KEY 

VERB:
shone  (shn) KEY  or shined, shin·ing, shines
VERB:
intr.
  1. To emit light.
  2. To reflect light; glint or glisten.
  3. To distinguish oneself in an activity or a field; excel.
  4. To be immediately apparent: Delight shone in her eyes.
VERB:
tr.
  1. To aim or cast the beam or glow of (a light).
  2. past tense and past participle shined To make glossy or bright by polishing.
NOUN:
  1. Brightness from a source of light; radiance.
  2. Brightness from reflected light; luster.
  3. A shoeshine.
  4. Excellence in quality or appearance; splendor.
  5. Fair weather: rain or shine.
  6. shines Informal Pranks or tricks.
  7. Slang Whiskey; moonshine.
  8. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a Black person.

IDIOMS:
shine up to Informal
To try to impress or please: shined up to the boss, hoping to get a raise.
take a shine to Informal
To like spontaneously.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English shinen, from Old English scnan


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