catalyze catalyze v. t. 1. 1 (chemistry) to cause (a chemical reaction) to proceed more quickly by contacting the reactant(s) with another substance; as, moisture catalyzes the oxidation of iron in air. [Also spelled {catalyse}.]

Syn: change by catalysis, cause to catalyze. [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • catalyze — (v.) 1890, back formation from CATALYSIS (Cf. catalysis) on model of analyze/analysis. Related: Catalyzed; catalyzing …   Etymology dictionary

  • catalyze — (Amer.) cat·a·lyze || kætÉ™laɪz v. accelerate the rate of a chemical reaction by catalysis; cause change while remaining unaffected (also catalyse) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • catalyze — [kat′ə līz΄] vt. catalyzed, catalyzing to change or bring about as a catalyst catalyzer n …   English World dictionary

  • catalyze — transitive verb ( lyzed; lyzing) Date: 1890 1. to bring about the catalysis of (a chemical reaction) 2. bring about, inspire 3. to alter significantly by or as if by catalysis < innovations in basic chemical theory that have catalyzed t …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • catalyze — catalyzer, n. /kat l uyz /, v.t., catalyzed, catalyzing. to act upon by catalysis. Also, esp. Brit., catalyse. [1885 90; CATALY(SIS) + ( I)ZE] * * * …   Universalium

  • catalyze — verb a) To bring about the catalysis of a chemical reaction. b) To accelerate a process. See Also: catalysis, catalyst, catalytic, catalyzer …   Wiktionary

  • catalyze — To act as a catalyst. * * * cat·a·lyze or Brit cat·a·lyse kat əl .īz vt, lyzed or Brit lysed; lyz·ing or Brit lys·ing to bring about the catalysis of (a chemical reaction) cat·a·lyz·er or Brit cat·a·lys·er n * * * cat·a·lyze (katґə līz) …   Medical dictionary

  • catalyze — cat·a·lyze …   English syllables

  • catalyze — UK [ˈkætəˌlaɪz] / US verb [transitive] 1) chemistry to make a chemical reaction happen more quickly 2) to cause something to happen, especially in way that involves a lot of change Discovery of viruses on several of the company s computers… …   English dictionary

  • catalyze — cat•a•lyze [[t]ˈkæt lˌaɪz[/t]] v. t. lyzed, lyz•ing chem. to act upon by catalysis • Etymology: 1885–90 cat′a•lyz er, n …   From formal English to slang

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