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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 catalyze
  • 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.
  • But it can set up the systems that catalyze strong local communities.
  • As it goes with any progressive movement, it takes actors on the inside to catalyze a significant transformation.
  • When the world needed changing, you used to be able to look to college students to catalyze that change.
  • The fewer neutrons you have around the lower the rate of decay that they catalyze.
  • The city lacks any focal point of the sort that might catalyze a spontaneous public gathering.
  • He leverages this newfound national concern for conservation to catalyze government initiatives protecting key habitats.
British Dictionary definitions for catalyze


(transitive) to influence (a chemical reaction) by catalysis
Derived Forms
catalyser, (US) catalyzer, noun
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Word Origin and History for catalyze

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

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