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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This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a series of violent protests that catalyzed the gay civil rights movement in the United States. Sophie Kemp, Vogue, "Stonewall at 50: How the Iconic LGBTQ Institution Keeps the Spirit of ‘69 Alive Today," 4 May 2019 The album proves that grand artistic ambitions can serve to catalyze as much as to proclaim. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Nicole Mitchell, an Innovative Flutist With an Afrofuturist Vision," 10 Jan. 2018 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

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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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