Word forms: 3rd person singular present
, present participle catalysing
, past tense , past participle catalysed
regional note: in AM, use catalyze
Any unexpected circumstance that arises may catalyze a sudden escalation of violence.
, if something catalyses
a reaction or event, it causes it to happen
It had been known for some time that chemical reactions can be catalyzed by materials
with large surface areas.
The wires do not have a large enough surface to catalyse a big explosion.
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