- shine ► VERB (past and past part. shone or shined) 1) give out a bright light, or glow with reflected light. 2) direct (a torch or other light) somewhere. 3) (of a person's eyes) be bright with the expression of emotion. 4) excel at something. 5) (shine through) (of a quality or skill) be clearly evident. 6) (past and past part. shined) polish.► NOUN 1) a quality of brightness, especially through reflecting light. 2) an act of polishing.● take the shine off — Cf. ↑take the shine off● take a shine to — Cf. ↑take a shine toORIGIN Old English.
English terms dictionary. 2015.