catalyze

verb cat·a·lyze \ ˈka-tə-ˌlīz \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of catalyze

catalyzed; catalyzing
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 field
  • Newsweek

catalyzer

noun

Examples of catalyze in a Sentence

  1. a reinstitution of the draft would catalyze protests around the country

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catalyze

transitive verb cat·a·lyze
variants: or British catalyse play \ˈkat-ᵊl-ˌīz\

medical Definition of catalyze

catalyzed or British catalysed; catalyzing or British catalysing
:to bring about the catalysis of (a chemical reaction)

catalyzer

or British catalyser noun


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