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verb (used with object), cat·a·lyzed, cat·a·lyz·ing.
  1. to act upon by catalysis.
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Also especially British, cat·a·lyse.

Origin of catalyze

First recorded in 1885–90; cataly(sis) + (-i)ze
Related formscat·a·lyz·er, noun
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Related Words for catalyze

assemble, organize, marshal, prepare, infuse, imbue, impel, activate, propel, muster, gather, actuate, drive, ready, rally, animate, circulate, catalyze, ferment, equip

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Historical Examples of catalyze

  • Cam's feverish brain had figured out a host of effects to catalyze the audience reaction.


    Vance Simonds

Word Origin and History for catalyze


1890, back-formation from catalysis on model of analyze/analysis. Related: Catalyzed; catalyzing. Probably influenced by French catalyser (1842).

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catalyze in Medicine


  1. To modify, especially to increase, the rate of a chemical reaction by catalysis.
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catalyze in Science


  1. To modify, especially to increase, the rate of a chemical reaction through the action of a catalyst.
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