American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To modify, especially to increase, the rate of (a chemical reaction) by catalysis.
- v. To bring about; initiate: "The technology bred of science has catalyzed stupendous economic growth” ( Nature).
- v. To produce fundamental change in; transform: changes in student enrollment that have catalyzed the educational system.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In physical chemistry, to act upon by catalysis: said of a substance which accelerates a chemical reaction while it is itself left unchanged at the end of the reaction.
- v. transitive To bring about the catalysis of a chemical reaction.
- v. transitive To accelerate a process.
- v. transitive To inspire significantly by catalysis.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. (chemistry) to cause (a chemical reaction) to proceed more quickly by contacting the reactant(s) with another substance.
- v. change by catalysis or cause to catalyze
- From catalysis. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“As a general internist my aim has always been to 'catalyze' and enable the whole system to deliver excellent continuum-of-care for each and every patient.”
“My organization, WITNESS online at witness.org, which is dedicated to the use of video to document human rights abuses and the use of that video to catalyze change, and others are excited about this development.”
“As I write in The Nation in the October 24 issue, now on-line, If the Occupy Wall Street activists join forces with the unions and community groups, they could catalyze a massive nationwide movement to resist foreclosures and block evictions.”
“The performance of these investments is crucial to the U.S. economy: they enable American companies to access China's huge domestic market and catalyze American exports -- U.S. multinationals send half of their total exports from the United States to their own foreign affiliates.”
“This new partnership with Twitter represents just one example of how the City can work collaboratively with businesses, community-based organizations, property owners, and area residents to catalyze meaningful change in this neighborhood.”
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