encapsulate

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

Definition of encapsulate

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

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Other Words from encapsulate

encapsulation \ in-​ˌkap-​sə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce encapsulate (audio) , en-​ \ noun

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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."

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 Altogether, the albums convey an effort to encapsulate the entirety of an emotional experience, in all its complexity and contradictions. Elizabeth Nonemaker, baltimoresun.com, 1 Oct. 2021 How can one term encapsulate the experiences of people with very different ties to dozens of countries? New York Times, 28 Sep. 2021 The researchers determined that the foam could be used to encapsulate dyes that dissolve easily in solution as well as those that do not—hinting that the froth could carry a variety of drugs with a range of properties. Raleigh Mcelvery, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Sep. 2021 The Scent of Marihuana soaps encapsulate the aroma of the sativa plant, offering a fresh herbal scent infused with the brand’s favored woody notes. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 23 Sep. 2021 Exploring dual identities through Asian and American dessert From ube cakes to mochi muffins, bakeries that sweetly encapsulate growing up Asian and American have been popping up more in recent years. Terry Tang, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2021 From ube cakes to mochi muffins, bakeries that sweetly encapsulate growing up Asian and American have been popping up more in recent years. Terry Tang, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Aug. 2021 From ube cakes to mochi muffins, bakeries that sweetly encapsulate growing up Asian and American have been popping up more in recent years. NBC News, 26 Aug. 2021 The two initiatives encapsulate Mr. Adams’s self-characterization as a blue-collar candidate: Make the streets and the subway safe and reliable for New York’s working-class residents. New York Times, 8 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of encapsulate

1872, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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11 Oct 2021

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“Encapsulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encapsulate. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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encapsulate

verb

English Language Learners 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

encapsulate

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

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

Other Words from encapsulate

encapsulation \ -​ˌkap-​sə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce encapsulate (audio) \ noun

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