how to pronounce catalyst


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catalyst is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of catalyst in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… acted as a catalyst for collaboration …”

meanings of catalyst


  1. A catalytic converter.
  2. Someone or something that encourages progress or change.
  3. An inciting incident that sets the successive conflict into motion.
  4. A substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without being consumed in the process.

catalyst frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word catalyst occurs in english on average 3.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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