transitive verb-·lyzed·, -·lyz·ing
to change or bring about as a catalyst
transitive verbcat·a·lyzed, cat·a·lyz·ing, cat·a·lyz·es
- To modify, especially to increase, the rate of (a chemical reaction) by catalysis.
- To bring about; initiate: “The technology bred of science has catalyzed stupendous economic growth” ( Nature )
- To produce fundamental change in; transform: changes in student enrollment that have catalyzed the educational system.
Origin of catalyzeFrom catalysis
(third-person singular simple present catalyzes, present participle catalyzing, simple past and past participle catalyzed)