catalyze

[kat-l-ahyz]
verb (used with object), catalyzed, catalyzing.
to act upon by catalysis.
Also, especially British, catalyse.


Origin:
1885–90; cataly(sis) + (-i)ze

catalyzer, noun
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catalyse or catalyze (ˈkætəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
(tr) to influence (a chemical reaction) by catalysis
 
catalyze or catalyze
 
vb
 
'catalyser or catalyze
 
n
 
'catalyzer or catalyze
 
n

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Word Origin & History

catalyse
variant spelling of catalyze (q.v.); for suffix, see -ize.

catalyze
1890, from catalysis on model of analyze/analysis.
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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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catalyze   (kāt'l-īz')  Pronunciation Key 
To modify, especially to increase, the rate of a chemical reaction through the action of a catalyst.
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Example sentences
The machines they focus on are enzymes, machines which catalyse certain
  biochemical reactions.
Not to mention water, which can readily catalyse certain types of oxidation
  reaction.
It could catalyse further mergers that would bring gains of their own.
They rely on platinum, a metal that costs twice as much as gold, to catalyse
  the reaction.
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