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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 encapsulates
  • To cope with the problem the body encapsulates toxins in fat cells to protect us.
  • But that dual goal encapsulates the building's main problem.
  • It encapsulates human experience into an ordered, comprehensible melodrama that is both absurd and entertaining.
  • The joke encapsulates one of the great puzzles of contemporary technology.
  • The first is life satisfaction, which encapsulates people's ratings of their lives.
  • It encapsulates so well what is wrong with the treatment of global warming in the press.
  • It encapsulates his understanding of his inheritance and of himself.
  • The transducer tip encapsulates an exogenous absorbing dye.
  • Based on those recordings, a video will be developed that encapsulates these stories.
  • encapsulates a series of brief essays exploring different aspects of modern federalism.
British Dictionary definitions for encapsulates


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 encapsulates



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

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encapsulates 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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