catalyze

verb
cat·​a·​lyze | \ ˈka-tə-ˌlīz How to pronounce catalyze (audio) \
catalyzed; catalyzing

Definition of catalyze

transitive verb

1 : to bring about the catalysis of (a chemical reaction) an enzyme that catalyzes the breakdown of the sugars
2 : bring about, inspire his vigorous efforts to catalyze us into activity— Harrison Brown
3 : to alter significantly by or as if by catalysis innovations in basic chemical theory that have catalyzed the fieldNewsweek

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Other Words from catalyze

catalyzer noun

Examples of catalyze in a Sentence

a reinstitution of the draft would catalyze protests around the country

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The day of that first march, and the annual protests that have followed, effectively catalyzed the momentum that resulted in the success of women in the 2018 midterms. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "Women's March 2019: Everything You Need to Know," 9 Jan. 2019 One popular synthesis has been that the answer was both: The weak economic recovery catalyzed the racial resentment that drove Trump’s voters. Ezra Klein, Vox, "How identity politics elected Donald Trump," 5 Nov. 2018 By Tuesday the two had gotten only as far as introducing a dueling pair of piecemeal bills that might catalyze serious negotiation after both fail, which seems likely. William A. Galston, WSJ, "A Bipartisan Shutdown Solution," 22 Jan. 2019 That crisis, which Jada has talked about on Red Table Talk, has catalyzed a cathartic space for viewers to share their own stories. Mariano Vivanco; Styled By Simon Robins, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New American Dynasty," 3 Dec. 2018 Even as Dolce spoke, surrounded by tailors and seamstresses both Chinese and Italian, the posts that catalyzed the show’s abrupt cancellation was attracting censure online. Vogue, "Dolce & Gabbana Cancels Its Shanghai Great Show Amid Controversy," 21 Nov. 2018 The results have included proteins that catalyze the formation of chemical bonds life has never created and antibodies that can bind to any molecule of our choosing. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Nobel awarded for using Darwin’s ideas to make antibodies and catalysts," 3 Oct. 2018 The special investigative team was created in 2016 after the collapse of Corinthian Colleges, which catalyzed a flurry of complaints from students about predatory activities at for-profit schools. New York Times, "A State Attorney General Calls Out Betsy DeVos on For-Profit Colleges," 17 May 2018 The Astros, even with a potent lineup that catalyzed a 102-win season, had been absolutely flummoxed all day, uncertain as to how they were supposed to touch this baby-faced Texan. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Kerry Wood and ‘the greatest game ever pitched’: The oral history of May 6, 1998 at Wrigley Field," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of catalyze

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for catalyze

see catalysis

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The first known use of catalyze was in 1890

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catalyze

transitive verb
cat·​a·​lyze
variants: or British catalyse \ ˈkat-​ᵊl-​ˌīz How to pronounce catalyse (audio) \
catalyzed or British catalysed; catalyzing or British catalysing

Medical Definition of catalyze

: to bring about the catalysis of (a chemical reaction)

Other Words from catalyze

catalyzer or British catalyser noun

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