Definition of shine noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ʃaɪn//
; NAmE NAmE//ʃaɪn//
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  • [singular] the bright quality that something has when light is reflected on it a shampoo that gives your hair body and shine the shine of polished wood
  • Word OriginOld English scīnan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schijnen and German scheinen.Extra examples a shampoo that gives your hair a healthy shine hair that has lost its shine Use a buffer to bring a natural shine to your nails.Idioms
    come rain, come shine, (come) rain or shine
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    whether there is rain or sun; whatever happens He goes jogging every morning, rain or shine.
    take the shine off something
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    (informal) to make something seem much less good than it did at first
    take a shine to somebody/something
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    (informal) to begin to like somebody very much as soon as you see or meet them He seems to have taken a shine to you.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shine