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[en-kap-suh-leyt, -syoo-] /ɛnˈkæp səˌleɪt, -syʊ-/
verb (used with object), encapsulated, encapsulating.
to place in or as if in a capsule.
to summarize or condense.
verb (used without object), encapsulated, encapsulating.
to become enclosed in or as if in a capsule.
Origin of encapsulate
1860-65; en-1 + capsulate
Related forms
encapsulation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for encapsulate
  • But it is one thing to change the present and another to encapsulate that change as the present becomes the past.
  • But why catlike creatures known for producing coffee with their faeces should encapsulate emerging-market growth is unclear.
  • What they did was encapsulate results of numerous studies in a way they felt readable to nonscientists.
  • In so doing, he underscores the power of dance to both heighten and encapsulate strong emotions.
  • It may be multipolar, but even that doesn't seem to encapsulate it all.
  • The final moment could not have been staged better to encapsulate the whole experience.
  • The latter part is a difficult concept to encapsulate.
  • What more simple rule could one craft that would encapsulate the way that one should live.
  • The next line of defense for the body is to encapsulate those toxins in fatty tissue.
  • Despite seeming vague, though, national curriculums do often encapsulate some aspect of national ideals.
British Dictionary definitions for encapsulate


to enclose or be enclosed in or as if in a capsule
(transitive) to sum up in a short or concise form; condense; abridge
Derived Forms
encapsulation, incapsulation, noun
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Word Origin and History for encapsulate

1874, from en- (1) "make, put in" + capsulate (see capsule). Related: Encapsulated; encapsulating.

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encapsulate in Medicine

encapsulate en·cap·su·late (ěn-kāp'sə-lāt')
v. en·cap·su·lat·ed, en·cap·su·lat·ing, en·cap·su·lates

  1. To form a capsule or sheath around.

  2. To become encapsulated.

en·cap'su·la'tion n.
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