encapsulate

verb en·cap·su·late \ in-ˈkap-sə-ˌlāt , en- \
|Updated on: 4 Aug 2018

Definition of encapsulate

encapsulated; encapsulating
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

play \in-ˌkap-sə-ˈlā-shən, en-\ noun

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Examples of encapsulate in a Sentence

  1. The contaminated material should be encapsulated and removed.

  2. can you encapsulate the president's speech in about a paragraph?

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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

1872

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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ENCAPSULATE Defined for English Language Learners

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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 Dictionary

encapsulate

verb en·cap·su·late \ in-ˈkap-sə-ˌlāt \

medical Definition of encapsulate

encapsulated; encapsulating
: to surround, encase, or protect in or as if in a capsule
  • DNA has been encapsulated in microspheres
  • —Paul Smaglik
: to become encapsulated
  • a bacillus that encapsulates in the human body

encapsulation

play \-ˌkap-sə-ˈlā-shən\ noun


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