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to act upon by catalysis.
Contemporary Examples

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 17, 2012

They reward leaders who push the envelope, catalyze action, and get stuff done.
How Cities Are Fixing America Bruce Katz, Jennifer Bradley June 16, 2013

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 21, 2014

Historical Examples

Cam’s feverish brain had figured out a host of effects to catalyze the audience reaction.
Telempathy Vance Simonds


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

catalyze cat·a·lyze (kāt’l-īz’)
v. cat·a·lyzed, cat·a·lyz·ing, cat·a·lyz·es
To modify, especially to increase, the rate of a chemical reaction by catalysis.
To modify, especially to increase, the rate of a chemical reaction through the action of a catalyst.


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