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 encapsulation (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?

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The goals encapsulate some of India's most urgent issues. John Defterios, CNN, "Women are bringing solar energy to thousands of Indian villages," 1 July 2019 Independence Day pretty much encapsulates all of my favorite things. Chuck Blount, ExpressNews.com, "Celebrate July 4th with burgers, hot dogs freed from the grill," 1 July 2019 The exchange, all of three paragraphs, deftly encapsulates the casual intimacy of two-person families. The Atlantic, "What We’re Reading This Summer," 28 June 2019 But the struggles of Goldschmidt encapsulate the frustration of a Cardinals season that has fallen short of expectations. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Paul Goldschmidt’s struggles mirror those of the Cardinals," 22 June 2019 The song deftly encapsulates Lil Nas X’s Soundcloud origins, his fondness for downbeat instrumentation, and his ability to produce bops of all kinds. Allegra Frank, Vox, "Lil Nas X’s new EP shows he’s much more than the kid behind “Old Town Road”," 21 June 2019 In many ways, the lightbulb fight encapsulates the wider fight over energy efficiency. Benjamin Storrow, Scientific American, "Proposed Energy Efficiency Rules Could Slow Emissions Reductions," 17 June 2019 Annette Rivero’s experience encapsulates both the advantages and disadvantages of being a ride-hailing driver. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Uber, Lyft drivers continue despite gripes because options are few," 10 June 2019 The month encapsulates an extraordinary run of broken records, healing and breakthroughs. Daniel Bien-aime, The Courier-Journal, "For Louisville sprinter Martice Moore, obstacles filled his path to NCAA title contender," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of encapsulate

1872, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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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 encapsulation (audio) \ noun

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