Simple Definition of encapsulate
: to show or express the main idea or quality of (something) in a brief way
: to completely cover (something) especially so that it will not touch anything else
Examples of encapsulate in a sentence
The contaminated material should be encapsulated and removed.
<can you encapsulate the president's speech in about a paragraph?>
Did You Know?
Encapsulate and its related noun, "capsule," derive from "capsula," a diminutive form of the Latin noun capsa, meaning "box." "Capsa" also gave us our noun "case" (the container kind; the legal sense has a different origin). The original sense of encapsulate, meaning "to enclose something in a capsule," first appeared in the late 19th century. Its extended meaning, "to give a summary or synopsis of something," plays on the notion of a capsule as something compact, self-contained, and often easily digestible (as in a capsule of medicine). There is also a verb "capsule," which is more or less synonymous with "encapsulate."
First Known Use of encapsulate
Medical Definition of encapsulate
transitive verb: to surround, encase, or protect in or as if in a capsule <DNA has been encapsulated in microspheres—Paul Smaglik>
intransitive verb: to become encapsulated <a bacillus that encapsulates in the human body>
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