encapsulate

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

Definition of encapsulate

encapsulated

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encapsulating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to enclose in or as if in a capsule a pilot encapsulated in the cockpit

  3. 2 :  epitomize, summarize encapsulate an era in an aphorism

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become encapsulated

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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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

1872


ENCAPSULATE Defined for English Language Learners

encapsulate

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verb

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

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verb en·cap·su·late \in-ˈkap-sə-ˌlāt\

Medical Definition of encapsulate

encapsulated

;

encapsulating

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to surround, encase, or protect in or as if in a capsule DNA has been encapsulated in microspheres—Paul Smaglik

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to become encapsulated a bacillus that encapsulates in the human body

encapsulation

\-ˌkap-sə-ˈlā-shən\play noun


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