encapsulate

verb

en·​cap·​su·​late in-ˈkap-sə-ˌlāt How to pronounce encapsulate (audio)
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encapsulated; encapsulating

transitive verb

1
: to enclose in or as if in a capsule
a pilot encapsulated in the cockpit
2
: epitomize, summarize
encapsulate an era in an aphorism
encapsulation noun

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We’ll keep it brief by encapsulating the history of this word in just a few sentences. Encapsulate and its related noun, capsule, come to us from capsula, a diminutive form of the Latin noun capsa, meaning “box.” (Capsa also gave us the “container” or “box” meaning of the noun case.) The earliest examples of encapsulate are for its literal use (“to enclose something in a capsule”) and date to the late 19th century. Its extended meaning, “to give a summary or synopsis of something,” plays on the notion of a capsule being something compact, self-contained, and often easily digestible.

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 on the Web Chief among these are the bonus levels, fever dreams that encapsulate the acid-house-style madness of 90s special stages that shared precisely nothing with the core game they were attached to. Matt Gardner, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Though no event encapsulates St. Moritz’s defining spirit quite like the International Concours of Elegance, or The I.C.E., a classic car show on ice that seamlessly reveals the harmony between St. Moritz’s timeless elegance and the magic of its frozen lake. Monica Mendal, Vogue, 14 Feb. 2024 Separately, Camilo Lara’s Mexican Institute of Sound commemorates its 20-year anniversary with Algo-Ritmo: Mexican Institute of Sound Hits 2004-2024, a compilation that encapsulates Lara’s illustrious career. Griselda Flores, Billboard, 9 Feb. 2024 That outlook is brilliantly encapsulated at the end too. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2024 The picture became something of an aesthetic calling card, encapsulating his work’s goofy rigor and strange cool. Chris Wiley, The New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2024 This story, however, might encapsulate him best: One day, many years ago, as the staff at the fine-dining restaurant in Charlotte’s Fourth Ward was preparing to host a chef’s table, Wesley walked in with a bottle of Apothic Red that cost maybe $10. Théoden Janes, Charlotte Observer, 2 Feb. 2024 Carey’s speech encapsulated the reason that so many leaders in the industry had gathered that night. Charisma Madarang, Rolling Stone, 2 Feb. 2024 The bipartisan hearing encapsulated the increasing alarm over tech’s impact on children and teenagers. David McCabe, New York Times, 1 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of encapsulate was in 1872

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“Encapsulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encapsulate. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

encapsulate

verb
en·​cap·​su·​late in-ˈkap-sə-ˌlāt How to pronounce encapsulate (audio)
encapsulated; encapsulating
1
: to enclose in a capsule
2
: to tell or relate (as a report) in a few words
encapsulation noun

Medical Definition

encapsulate

verb
en·​cap·​su·​late in-ˈkap-sə-ˌlāt How to pronounce encapsulate (audio)
encapsulated; encapsulating

transitive verb

: to surround, encase, or protect in or as if in a capsule
DNA has been encapsulated in microspheresPaul Smaglik

intransitive verb

: to become encapsulated
a bacillus that encapsulates in the human body
encapsulation noun
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