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1    beam, emit light, flash, give off light, glare, gleam, glimmer, glisten, glitter, glow, radiate, scintillate, shimmer, sparkle, twinkle  
2    be conspicuous, be distinguished, be outstanding, be pre-eminent, excel, stand out, stand out in a crowd, star, steal the show  
3    brush, buff, burnish, polish, rub up  
4    brightness, glare, gleam, lambency, light, luminosity, radiance, shimmer, sparkle  
5    glaze, gloss, lustre, patina, polish, sheen  
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  ( shines    3rd person present)   ( shining    present participle)   ( shined    past tense & past participle)   ( shone    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   When the sun or a light shines, it gives out bright light.  
It is a mild morning and the sun is shining...      V  
A few scattered lights shone on the horizon.      V  
2       verb   If you shine a torch or other light somewhere, you point it there, so that you can see something when it is dark.  
One of the men shone a torch in his face...      V n prep  
The man walked slowly towards her, shining the flashlight.      V n  
3       verb   Something that shines is very bright and clear because it is reflecting light.   (=gleam)  
Her blue eyes shone and caught the light.      V  
...shining aluminum machines.      V-ing  
4       n-sing   Something that has a shine is bright and clear because it is reflecting light.   (=sheen)  
This gel gives a beautiful shine to the hair...     
5       verb   If you shine a wooden, leather, or metal object, you make it bright by rubbing or polishing it.   (=polish)  
Let him dust and shine the furniture...      V n  
6       verb   Someone who shines at a skill or activity does it extremely well.   (=excel)  
Did you shine at school?...      V  
8    If you say that someone has taken a shine to another person, you mean that he or she liked them very much at their first meeting.  
take a shine to sb      phrase   V inflects  
Seems to me you've taken quite a shine to Miss Richmond.     
    rain or shine  

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shin, shiny, sin, singe

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be the best; shine; dominate
"He/She rocks!/ You rock!" - it's said with admiration for someone whom you consider the best
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