pale

[[t]pe͟ɪl[/t]]
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paler, palest, pales, paling, paled
1) ADJ-GRADED If something is pale, it is very light in colour or almost white.

Migrating birds filled the pale sky...

As we age, our skin becomes paler.

...a circle of pale light.

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Ant:
COMB in COLOUR
Pale is also a combining form.

...a pale blue sailor dress... In the background, dressed in pale green, stood Eunice.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ If someone looks pale, their face looks a lighter colour than usual, usually because they are ill, frightened, or shocked.

She looked pale and tired...

He went deathly pale.

Derived words:
paleness N-UNCOUNT oft with poss

...his paleness when he realized that he was bleeding.

3) VERB If one thing pales in comparison with another, it is made to seem much less important, serious, or good by it.

When someone you love has a life-threatening illness, everything else pales in comparison.

[V prep] ...a soap opera against which other soaps pale into insignificance.

4) PHRASE: PHR after v, oft PHR of n If you think that someone's actions or behaviour are not acceptable, you can say that they are beyond the pale.

This sort of thing really is quite beyond the pale.

...beyond the pale of acceptable human behaviour.

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