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Definition of pale verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[intransitive] pale (at something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pale
he / she / it pales
past simple paled
-ing form paling
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  • to become paler than usual She (= her face) paled visibly at the sight of the police car. The blue of the sky paled to a light gray.
  • Idioms
    pale beside/next to something, pale in/by comparison (with/to something), pale into insignificance
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    to seem less important when compared with something else Last year's riots pale in comparison with this latest outburst of violence. Our problems pale into insignificance when compared to theirs.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pale