verb (used with object), cat·a·lyzed, cat·a·lyz·ing.
to act upon by catalysis.
Also especially British, cat·a·lyse.
Origin of catalyze
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1890, back-formation from catalysis on model of analyze/analysis. Related: Catalyzed; catalyzing. Probably influenced by French catalyser (1842).
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To modify, especially to increase, the rate of a chemical reaction by catalysis.
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To modify, especially to increase, the rate of a chemical reaction through the action of a catalyst.
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