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]

 

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