verb (used with object), catalyzed, catalyzing.
to act upon by catalysis.
Also, especially British, catalyse.

1885–90; cataly(sis) + (-i)ze

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

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Word Origin & History

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
Sometimes the oddest events can catalyze a show business career.
There, they developed sustainable, small-scale farming techniques that would
  help catalyze the organic movement.
For its part, all the government has to do is to catalyze this revolution.
Organizations are also seeking to catalyze action through the courts.
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