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pale

adjective uk   /peɪl/ us  
B2 describes someone's face or skin if it has less colour than usual, for example when they are ill or frightened, or if it has less colour than people generally have: You're looking pale - do you feel ill? She has a naturally pale complexion and dark hair.
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A2 describes light or a colour that is not bright or strong: She wore a pale blue hat. pale winter sunlight

pale

verb [I] uk   /peɪl/ us  
If a person's face pales, it loses its usual colour: His face paled and he looked as if he might faint.
(Definition of pale from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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