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 event catalyzed the modern LGBTQ rights movement. Kyra Haas, azcentral, "Phoenix's LGBTQ spaces faced raids 'policing morals' of city. The Stonewall riots helped change that," 28 June 2019 This record tab subsequently catalyzed opposition around the globe in communities where city officials submit their own bids to host the event. Eva Kassens-noor, The Conversation, "Italy’s minimal competition to host the 2026 Winter Olympics," 25 June 2019 April of 1968, in particular, would catalyze a pivotal year that still reverberates today. Eric Ginsburg, Teen Vogue, "How April 1968 Changed the United States Forever," 19 Apr. 2019 Yet the success catalyzed his already lofty ambitions, while the near-death experience left him traumatized. Cory Richards, National Geographic, "What’s harder than summiting Everest? Getting climbers to respect it again.," 5 Apr. 2019 Even so, 50 years after a police raid on the Stonewall Inn catalyzed the mainstream LGBTQ movement, gay people still maintain spheres of separation from the wider world: nightclubs, vacation spots, and dating apps where like can meet like. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Cruising in the Age of Consent," 19 June 2019 The Stonewall Inn is known for being the scene of a 1969 police raid that catalyzed the modern LGBTQ rights movement. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Taylor Swift gives surprise Pride Month performance at Stonewall Inn, a historic LGBT site in New York," 15 June 2019 His death was one of several fatal encounters between black people and the police that catalyzed the national Black Lives Matter movement and led to changes in policing practices across the United States. New York Times, "Why the Eric Garner Case Is a Critical Test for the N.Y.P.D. Commissioner," 15 May 2019 Although the identity of these molecules remains a subject of fractious debate, scientists agree that the molecules would have had to perform two major functions: storing information and catalyzing chemical reactions. Quanta Magazine, "The End of the RNA World Is Near, Biochemists Argue," 19 Dec. 2017

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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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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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