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
Recent Examples on the Web But to me, the most exciting arc this season focussed on Bash—catalyzed by a stellar addition to the cast, Kevin Cahoon, who plays Bobby Barnes, a beloved and emotionally astute drag performer at the Fan-Tan. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "In Season 3, “GLOW” Raises the Stakes," 30 Aug. 2019 Although coming alive while describing his life overseas and his New York adventures, when discussing Roth Adelman’s eyes turn sad, eventually coalescing into a cry undoubtedly catalyzed by Roth’s passing back in May 2018. Fortune, "Meet the Man Selling Hundreds of Signed Copies of Philip Roth Books on a New York Street Corner," 24 Aug. 2019 Paltrow also acknowledges the social shifts and internal struggles catalyzed by the natural bodily changes that come with aging. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Gwyneth Paltrow Gets Honest About Aging: “What Happens to Your Identity When You’re Not Beautiful?”," 26 July 2019 Alex Horton’s Washington Post article highlights the brokenness of an immigration system catalyzed by the rhetoric of our nation’s leader. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Alarming findings about ICE demonstrate need for reform," 5 July 2019 Their presence catalyzed Chagrin Falls' turnaround from two tough losses at Streetsboro and Kenston, which are both 3-0. Matt Goul,, "Riverside meets Lima halfway in classy move: HS football quick hits," 16 Sep. 2019 Winning catalyzed that camaraderie, but because so many players came up through the minors together, the closeness of that team was organic and real. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Saunders: Reeling Rockies aren’t finger-pointing but frustration runs deep," 24 Aug. 2019 There’s no disputing how much Mack’s arrival catalyzed the Bears’ surprise breakthrough in 2018. Dan Wiederer,, "‘I’ve never coached an athlete like this’: A closer look at Leonard Floyd and the Bears edge rushers," 29 July 2019 The miners’ coal-train standoff in Harlan County, which came weeks after the bankruptcy, catalyzed attention from national politicians and news media. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "Miner victory: Approved bankruptcy sale restores some back pay, could re-open coal mines," 27 July 2019

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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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26 Oct 2019

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The first known use of catalyze was in 1890

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More Definitions for catalyze

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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to speed up the process or progress of

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