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[kat-l-ahyz] /ˈkæt lˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), catalyzed, catalyzing.
to act upon by catalysis.
Also, especially British, catalyse.
Origin of catalyze
1885-90; cataly(sis) + (-i)ze
Related forms
catalyzer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for catalyzed
  • The suicide note, in short, had catalyzed major changes.
  • These vehicles were severely compounding the foot traffic problem, and may have catalyzed this horrible event.
  • Unbeknownst to the researchers, oxygen had leaked into their apparatus and catalyzed the reaction.
  • He catalyzed huge galleries with fist pumps and uppercuts and feral cries.
  • The rediscovery of his country catalyzed a move from painting to sculpture.
  • And the crisis has indeed catalyzed or intensified social problems in many communities.
  • In the forties and fifties a lot of the impetus behind the organizing on behalf of social equality was catalyzed by unions.
  • Larger climate shifts have catalyzed the rise and fall of whole societies.
  • Images of hundreds of riot police facing down unarmed protesters has catalyzed support for the movement.
  • There it is catalyzed by air and exchanges electrons that generate electricity.
Word Origin and History for catalyzed



1890, back-formation from catalysis on model of analyze/analysis. Related: Catalyzed; catalyzing. Probably influenced by French catalyser (1842).

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catalyzed in Medicine

catalyze cat·a·lyze (kāt'l-īz')
v. cat·a·lyzed, cat·a·lyz·ing, cat·a·lyz·es
To modify, especially to increase, the rate of a chemical reaction by catalysis.

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catalyzed in Science
To modify, especially to increase, the rate of a chemical reaction through the action of a catalyst.
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