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verb [intransitive] pale pronunciation in British English /peɪl/
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present tense
I/you/we/theypale
he/she/itpales
present participlepaling
past tensepaled
past participlepaled
  1. 2
    to become lighter in colour
    Birds began to sing as the sky paled into dawn.
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  2. 3
    to become less important or serious, especially when compared with someone or something else
    pale in comparison to/with: The devastating floods of two years ago pale in comparison with last week’s storms.
    pale into insignificance: Her problems paled into insignificance when compared with this family’s tragedy.
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