What does catalyst mean?

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ˈkæt l ɪstcat·a·lyst

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. catalyst, accelerator(noun)

    (chemistry) a substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected

  2. catalyst(noun)

    something that causes an important event to happen

    "the invasion acted as a catalyst to unite the country"


  1. catalyst(n.)

    something or someone that causes events to happen with itself being changed.

  2. catalyst(n.)

    something that serves as a precipitating occasion for an event; as, the invasion acted as a catalyst to unite the country. A catalyst is never the main cause of an event, but may serve to hasten events for which the underlying causes are present prior to the appearance or occurrence of the catalyst.


  1. catalyst(Noun)

    A substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without being consumed in the process.

  2. catalyst(Noun)

    Someone or something that encourages progress or change.

    Economic development and integration are working as a catalyst for peace.

  3. catalyst(Noun)

    A catalytic converter.


  1. Catalyst

    Catalyst is the fourth studio album by American rock band New Found Glory. It was produced by Neal Avron and released on May 18, 2004 through Geffen Records. The album includes an enhanced CD portion with a making of the music video for the inaugural single "All Downhill from Here". Catalyst debuted at a career-high number three on the Billboard 200 chart and was later certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on August 18, 2004.

Editors Contribution


    You can describe a person or thing that causes a change or event to happen as a catalyst.a substance that enables a chemical reaction to proceed at a usually faster rate or under different conditions (as at a lower temperature) than otherwise possible;a person or thing that precipitates an event or change; something that makes a chemical reaction happen more quickly without itself being changed;an event or person that causes great change;a person whose talk, enthusiasm, or energy causes others to be more friendly, enthusiastic, or energetic;an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action;someone or something that causes something to happen or change;Causes,cause,source.

    Their aim should be to show by 2021, when they gather to take stock of progress made since the Paris agreement and commit themselves to raising their game, that the pandemic has been a catalyst for a breakthrough on the environment.

    Submitted by anonymous on June 22, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of catalyst in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of catalyst in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of catalyst in a Sentence

  1. Kamakshya Trivedi:

    I see the Fed as a catalyst that perhaps causes some EMs to make the adjustments they need. In some places it may force the adjustment to be a bit faster than it would have been otherwise.

  2. Ken Polcari:

    People are concerned about the health of the economy, there's no catalyst to really take it higher. If you start getting bank and other earnings that are really bad, nothing is going to hold.

  3. Michael Praeger:

    The value proposition that we've been evangelizing for years, an event like COVID-19 is becoming the catalyst to change an industry, we had a record first quarter as companies recognized that, in the work-from-home environment, we can't get our bills paid if our accounts payables team is at home, because the only way to cut a paper check is being in the office.

  4. Tom Slater:

    Social media has played a role, because it lets politicos on both sides of the pond share ideas, and that has been somewhat of a catalyst.

  5. Sameer Samana:

    (Stress test results) could be a catalyst for a day or two but it'll still come back to the main driver which is going to be the yield curve and loan growth, which has been OK but nothing to write home about.

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