noun (usually the sun)
bright, brilliant, golden, red, yellow
hazy, pale, weak, wintry
high, low

The wintry sun was already low in the sky.

dying, setting, sinking, western

The distant mountains glowed in the light of the setting sun.

baking, blazing, burning, harsh, hot, scorching, strong, warm
direct, full

This plant likes a dryish soil in full sun.

afternoon, early, early-morning, evening, late, midday, morning, noon, noonday

They call Norway the land of the midnight sun.

spring, summer, etc.
August, February, etc.
desert, tropical
Californian, Caribbean, Italian, etc.
block, block out, blot out, obliterate

The clouds darkened, obliterating the sun.

soak up

We were lying by the pool, soaking up the afternoon sun.


The north side of the garden never gets any sun.

Why don't you go outside and get some sun?

catch (esp. BrE)

You've caught the sun (= become slightly burned).


Venus orbits the Sun in just under one Earth year.

climb, come up, rise

The sun climbed higher in the sky.

The sun rises in the east.

dip, drop, go down, set, sink

The sun sets in the west.

It was getting cooler as the sun sank below the horizon.

be out, be up

The sun was up now, and strong.


The sun moved slowly westward.

appear, break through (sth), come out, emerge, peek out, peek through (sth)

Just then, the sun broke through the clouds.

beam, beat down, blaze down, burn, shine

A brilliant sun shone through the trees.

disappear, go in

The sun went in and it started to rain.

catch sth, glint off sth, glint on sth, hit sth, play on sth, sparkle (on sth)

The sun caught her dazzling copper hair.

The sun glinted on the blades.

stream in, stream through sth

The evening sun streamed in through the window.

strike sth, touch sth

The sun struck the steep blue slates of the roof.

reflect off sth, reflect on sth

The sun reflected off the water.

cast shadows over sth

The setting sun cast long shadows over the landscape.

warm sth

The sun warmed his face.

worshipper (usually figurative)
lounge (BrE), room (usually sunroom), terrace (esp. BrE), trap (usually suntrap) (esp. BrE)
bed (esp. BrE), lounger (usually sunbed, etc.) (BrE)
hat, visor
shade (usually sunshade)
tan (usually suntan)
block (usually sunblock), cream (BrE), protection, screen (usually sunscreen)

On children, use a cream with a high sun protection factor.

damage, exposure

wrinkles caused by sun damage

in the sun

Don't sit in the sun too long.

The helmets were glinting in the sun.

We've booked a holiday in the sun (= in a place that is warm and sunny). (BrE)

into the sun

We went out into the sun.

out of the sun

We did our best to keep out of the sun.

under the sun

an afternoon of lazing under the warm sun

There is nothing new under the sun. (figurative)

sun in

with the sun in her eyes

sun on

He was enjoying the feel of the sun on his back.

everything under the sun (figurative)

We had discussions about everything under the sun.

exposure to the sun

Try to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.

the heat of the sun, the warmth of the sun
the light from the sun, the light of the sun
the rays of the sun, the sun's rays

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