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Definition of "catalyze" [catalyze]

  • To modify, especially to increase, the rate of (a chemical reaction) by catalysis. (verb-transitive)
  • To bring about; initiate: "The technology bred of science has catalyzed stupendous economic growth” ( Nature). (verb-transitive)
  • To produce fundamental change in; transform: changes in student enrollment that have catalyzed the educational system. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "catalyze" in a sentence
  • "November 21st, 2006 at 1: 03 am bFast, the claim that proteins change the poise of equilibria of chemical reactions they catalyze is wrong."
  • "With respect to the ecosystem comment, without getting into specifics of different options and things like that in detail, what I will say is that the word catalyze is to imply that there is a wide variety of participants in our world, and that includes competitors, it includes operators, other technology firms and so forth who in many respects have a common interest relative to the potential strength of other ecosystems and how they may develop over time."
  • "Operating out of Brooklyn, N.Y., since Sept. 4, the Web campaign is an attempt to send 100,000 first-time youth voters to the polls for the November election and "catalyze" 250,000 orgasms."