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verb [intransitive] pale pronunciation in British English /peɪl/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepaling
past tensepaled
past participlepaled
  1. 1
    if someone pales, or if their face pales, their skin becomes lighter because they are ill, shocked, or worried

    Albert’s face paled with fear.

  2. 2
    to become lighter in colour

    Birds began to sing as the sky paled into dawn.

  3. 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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