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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?
Recent Examples of encapsulate from the Web
The city of 200,000 also encapsulates Scotland’s desire to retain the status quo.
The allure of effortless beauty and chic minimalism that make up the French-Girl aesthetic are as conceptually captivating as the iconic women who encapsulate it.
However, if a doctor isn't aware that a woman with GBS plans to encapsulate her placenta—or the woman just doesn't think that her placenta could carry the bacteria—
The bacteria have the ability to encapsulate within spores, making them resistant to usual sterilizing procedures.
In many cases, new mothers send their baby’s placentas to processing companies that dehydrate them and encapsulate them into pills.
The moment encapsulated everything baseball was in the 1990s and early 2000s: Home runs, the Yankees and mind-boggling performances.
There's a power to the show that's hard to encapsulate in words, and this evocative final run cemented The Leftovers as one of the Peak TV greats.
Between Nov. 19 and Dec. 2—the weeks encapsulating Black Friday and Cyber Monday—UPS is adding a 27-cent charge on all ground packages sent to homes.
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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
ENCAPSULATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of encapsulate for English Language Learners
: 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
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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