catalyse


catalyse

verb (used with object), cat·a·lyzed, cat·a·lyz·ing.

  1. to act upon by catalysis.

verb

  1. (tr) to influence (a chemical reaction) by catalysis
v.

variant spelling of catalyze (q.v.); for spelling, see -ize. Related: Catalysed; catalysing.

v.

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

v.

  1. To modify, especially to increase, the rate of a chemical reaction by catalysis.

  1. To modify, especially to increase, the rate of a chemical reaction through the action of a catalyst.

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