Definition of catalyze
1 : to bring about the catalysis of (a chemical reaction) an enzyme that catalyzes the breakdown of the sugars
3 : to alter significantly by or as if by catalysis innovations in basic chemical theory that have catalyzed the field — Newsweek
Examples of catalyze in a Sentence
a reinstitution of the draft would catalyze protests around the country
Recent Examples of catalyze from the Web
If this can catalyze [the industry] standing up straighter and getting a plan in place, that’s great.
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Origin and Etymology of catalyze
First Known Use: 1890
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