[ kat-l-ahyz ]
/ ˈkæt lˌaɪz /

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

First recorded in 1885–90; cataly(sis) + (-i)ze


cat·a·lyz·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for catalyze

  • They can initiate ideas and catalyze a certain form, but the trick is not to begin, but to sustain.

    Chang-rae Lee: How I Write|Noah Charney|January 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
  • They reward leaders who push the envelope, catalyze action, and get stuff done.

    How Cities Are Fixing America|Bruce Katz, Jennifer Bradley|June 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
  • On the band-wagon of growing criticism over Israeli policies, these groups use BDS to catalyze an anti-Israeli zeitgeist.

    Partial B(DS)?|Eran Shayshon|July 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
  • Cam's feverish brain had figured out a host of effects to catalyze the audience reaction.

    Telempathy|Vance Simonds

Medical definitions for catalyze

[ kătl-īz′ ]


To modify, especially to increase, the rate of a chemical reaction by catalysis.
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Scientific definitions for catalyze

[ kătl-īz′ ]

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