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Definition of pale verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

pale

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//peɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//peɪl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pale
BrE BrE//peɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//peɪl//
 
he / she / it pales
BrE BrE//peɪlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//peɪlz//
 
past simple paled
BrE BrE//peɪld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//peɪld//
 
past participle paled
BrE BrE//peɪld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//peɪld//
 
-ing form paling
BrE BrE//ˈpeɪlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪlɪŋ//
 
 
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  • [intransitive] pale (at something) 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 grey.
  • Word Originverb Middle English: from Old French pale, from Latin pallidus; the verb is from Old French palir.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 American Dictionary entry: pale